A Consumer Reports investigation into the safety of protein supplements found that more than half exceed the California prop 65 “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act” action levels.
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The consumer’s union, publishers of consumer reports, recently celebrated it’s 75 year anniversary. They were among the first to point out the risks of smoking, the toxic effects of ephedra weight loss supplements.
Well, one of their latest investigations questions the safety of protein powders and drinks. They concluded that we "don’t need the extra protein or the heavy metals their tests found. They sent 15 protein supplements off to an outside lab to test for toxic compounds such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury, and found that “The amount of lead in a single daily serving of eight out of the 15 protein supplements they tested would require that the products carry a warning in California under their prop 65 law for toxin-containing substances.”
But athletes can get the lead out by choosing whole food sources of nutrition.
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This is the second of a three-part series on some of the latest regarding the safety of dietary supplements. See yesterday's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Dietary Supplement Snake Oil for part one. Plant Protein Preferable explains why beans and other legumes are the best source of protein. What about gas? See Beans and Gas: Clearing the Air. See my other videos on lead, mercury, and arsenic for other ways to avoid exposure. There are also more than a thousand other nutrition topics to choose from in our topics list.
For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Lead Poisoning Risk From Venison, Avoid Cooked Meat Carcinogens, Raisins vs. Energy Gels for Athletic Performance, and Probiotics and Diarrhea