Protein Powders and Drinks Contain High Amounts of Heavy Metals


By Melissa Sokulski
Natural News

Many common brands of protein powders and protein drinks contain high levels of arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury according to the most recent issue of Consumer Reports magazine. All fifteen different powders and drinks tested contained measurable amounts, some quite high. Consumer Reports also argued that most people in the United States including athletes get ample protein in their diets. Heavy metal toxicity and excess protein consumption are both dangerous for one’s health. [Try safe alternatives described below. ~ Ed.]

Proteins, whether from plants or animals, are broken down by the body into amino acids which are then used to form our cells and tissues. In the United States it is almost impossible to get too little protein.

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9 responses to “Protein Powders and Drinks Contain High Amounts of Heavy Metals

  1. uh?
    ok is that figure mixed? or dry?
    seeing as the US water is lousy with chem its debatable where the contaminants are..
    and
    seeing as most of the listeds use a MILK based protien, where? are they purchasing?
    there only a few suppliers of bulk whey and milk and egg protiens and they are NOT small producers but the conglomerates!
    so? where do you? think the makers shop…

    this is a scare tactic I suspect, doesnt anyone remember that all 3!! of the USA baby formulas have Melamine and other lovely muck in them too? perchlorate etc.
    and consider that MANY of the brands are made to contract BY the psuedo natural s who are owned behind the scenes by…. the pharmas.
    sure I would avoid any herbals sourced in India and China etc but? how do you know, where the international conglomerate sources from, you cannot.
    Symbion in aus bought up 5 or our leading herbals and chemist lines and even the chemists. so stupormarket mailorder or pharmacy, they get your money, and like the soap poweder kings they make them all and advertise each as better than the other, and folks fall for it every time.
    I track the industry and I watch them run a scatty so called research project and then release the latest greatest PR hype, and then see it hit the MSM womens mags. even Nat new and mercola on some of it.and I sigh!
    quinoa/ spelt ancient grains…see the recent push for how great, and the crappy <1% in a loaf of commercially made what they call bread at 6$ a loaf.. sucked in!
    re this statement;

    Excess protein can cause severe health issues such as dehydration and kidney failure.

    youd have to force feed yourself and drink no water to manage that! ( or have a tendency geneticallyto phenylketonuria)
    I used to body build and for my frame I was fairly well muscled I acheived that with lots of gym work 4 days 2hrs + every week and no more than 40 to 60 at most, grams per day of protien, the body also turns carbs into amino acids remember.. it uses what it gets to do whats required.
    remember the WHO uses the bare minimum for survival for its RDA. which is why they want code enforced, to keep us feeble and ill, and manageable.

    • hey, Laurel – adding liquid to the protein powder will not lessen the presence of heavy metals. I have the July issue of Consumer Reports, on which the article above bases its theme. I personally trust Consumer Reports.

      adding US water or US factory milk will probably add to the presence of toxins, including heavy metals, but since this testing was run by independent scientists, I have to assume they are aware of these factors. In fact, I imagine they use distilled water (if water was used before testing). The article does not provide the methodology. Re: excess protein. Here is what the Consumer Reports article says:

      “Labeling for BSN Core Series Synthia-6 is ambiguous and can lead males to consume as many as eight scoops (four two-scoop servings) per day. That would deliver up to 176 grams of protein in the powder alone, plus another 33 grams when mixed with four 8-ounce glasses of nonfat milk. When you add those 209 grams from the protein drinks tot he average 82 grams most adults already get from their daily diet, according to federal data, a 150-pound nonathlete would consume 291 grams of protein, or about five times the amount needed. An athlete could get nearly double.”

      Unfortunately, the Consumer Reports article then calls for greater regulation by the FDA (eek!) of the nutrient and supplement industry — which goes to your suspicions.

  2. This is from Consumer Report July 2010.

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  5. will someone please post what ( if there are any ) safe protein drinks are available to us ? Thanks

  6. This article is a joke. At first glance I was concerned, but after actually comparing numbers and servings you will see that this is skewed to make us freak out.

    The protein that I use is GNC Pro Performance, the article says they conducted this test based on 180 grams of protein, who on earch consumes this much protein in one serving. 180 grams is equal to 9 servings of protein and there isn’t even half the amount micrograms of metals allowed per the federal goverment.

  7. Ladies and gents, I must admit that the research study’s results are alarming ! … Having a exercise physiology and nutrition background, I need to warn you that the consumption of protein is obviously the product of daily , monthly and yearly use. Thus, regardless of your daily consumption, one needs to establish the total consumption over time. It is quite clear that the FDA is not doing any quality control and artificial proteins are left to profit making scavengers, who don’t mind making profit over your health. BEWARE … Opt for holistic foods such as organic eggs which carries complex amino acids and will certainly spare your brain cells.

  8. I’m not a protein powder user, but have recently been reading up on the ingredients in them. Here is my thinking: The GNC and many other protein brands contain “sweeteners” such as sucralose or aspartame, and yes they may also contain high amounts of heavy metals. It is up to the consumer to decide what if any of these products are good for them. I find it bizarre that people are saying that this article is a “scare tactic” when ANY amount of ADDED heavy metals is a bad thing. Also people wake up and realize what aspartame and sucralose are. You don’t freak out at ADDED heavy metals but you continue to consume a product with chemical sweeteners?

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