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Some Protein Drinks Can Kill You

Posted Jun 03 2010 7:02pm

So I read a study in Consumer Reports today about the content of heavy metals in protein drinks. The metals of concern are deadly when humans are exposed to them, even is small concentrations, over many years: arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium.

I wouldn’t exactly call the results of the study tragic, but I definitely think Project Swole readers should be aware and should avoid certain products.

Read the report here: What’s in YOUR protein drink?


Considering that some people who use protein drinks consume more than one protein drink in a day, this test was conducted on 3 servings of 15 protein drinks.

Of the 15 products, 8 of them had heavy metals levels high enough to warrant warning labels in California, and 3 products had levels of contaminants that exceed the maximum daily limits sets by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), the federally recognized authority that sets voluntary standards for health products.

Let’s see what the offending products are:

As you can see, the worst offenders are EAS Myoplex and Muscle Milk. I can’t stand either of those products anyway, so I’ll never use them. Either of those products, used over the course of 30 years or so, could lead to some nasty heavy metal poisoning, especially when combined with all of the contaminants in our environment today.

BSN and GNC brand products did not test well either.

I am happy to report that both Optimum Nutrition products tested extremely low in all heavy metals, and the ON Platinum Hydro Whey product is virtually clean.


What is your favorite protein drink?

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