Consumer Reports Find Dangerous Chemicals In Protein Shakes

June 3rd, 2010 - 6:46 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

June 3, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): It’s a bad news for people who depend on protein shakes heavily. These shakes which are marketed as a quick way to lose extra fat, build muscle etc. , do pose health risks and a lot of people who take them regularly might not be aware of it.

A new investigation by Consumer Reports has found dangerous chemicals in the protein shakes. They tested 15 protein shakes and uncovered that almost all of them contain one or more of metals like Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury. Out of the 15 shakes, three have major reasons for concern. The dangerous shakes include the EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate Shake and two Muscle Milk powders - Vanilla Crème and Chocolate.

Both Arsenic and Cadmium were found in EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate Shake. The level of arsenic in this shake was 16.9 microgram which is higher the USP limit of 15 microgram. Even Cadmium was tested at 5.1 microgram, which is a little above the USP norm of 5 microgram.

The two Muscle Milk powders tested were found to contain all four of the heavy metals. The average levels of Cadmium in them were 5.6 microgram in three daily servings which exceeded the USP limit of 5 microgram per day. Lead turned out to be 13.5 microgram which was higher that the USP limit of 10 microgram per day whereas the average level of Arsenic at 12.2 microgram was approaching the USP limit of 15 microgram per day.

Urvashi Rangan, of the Consumer Reports explained that once they get into body, the heavy metals, , get metabolized, and tend to stay in the body for a long period of time.

The report advised that the people should opt for other sources of protein like milk, eggs, and grilled chicken for their daily protein intake instead of these harmful shakes.

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