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What’s Lurking In Your Protein Powder?

5 Scary Things to Look Out For in your protein powder

What’s Lurking In Your Protein Powder?

5 Scary Things to Look Out For in your protein powder

#1 Dairy

Dairy products have been connected to a higher risk of multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and cancer.

The presence of dairy products in our nutritional supplements is a multifaceted problem. The treatment of these animals, the sustainability of farming practices, and the containers these products are stored in only scratches the surface… literally. There are many health concerns, especially for women rooted in dairy products.

Whey protein has shown a long history of promoting muscle gains and boosting recovery, which is why it’s been the world’s bestselling protein for so long. However, the problem isn’t that whey protein can do some of what it’s stated to, the issue is our reliance on whey with so many sustainable, healthier alternatives out there, along with the many dangerous drawbacks to dairy products.

#1 Dairy

Dairy products have been connected to a higher risk of multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and cancer.

The presence of dairy products in our nutritional supplements is a multifaceted problem. The treatment of these animals, the sustainability of farming practices, and the containers these products are stored in only scratches the surface… literally. There are many health concerns, especially for women rooted in dairy products. Whey protein has shown a long history of promoting muscle gains and boosting recovery, which is why it’s been the world’s bestselling protein for so long. However, the problem isn’t that whey protein can do some of what it’s stated to, the issue is our reliance on whey with so many sustainable, healthier alternatives out there, along with the many dangerous drawbacks to dairy products.

#2 Heavy Metal Contamination

Many Organic, Plant Based Proteins tested had unsafe quantities of heavy metal contamination.

Major consumer advocacy organizations such as The Clean Label Project and Consumer Reports have given rise to the growing concern over the presence of heavy metals in protein powder. The primary cause for concern surrounds organic, plant based protein powders. Included in these reports are citations of lead, cadmium, and arsenic.

In 2018, the Clean Label Project studied 134 of the bestselling protein powders on the market. Among the findings were that USDA Certified Organic products contained over 2x the heavy metals compared to non-organic products. While the commonly shared summary from their questions raises important quality concerns, it also painted plant based proteins in a negative light, while doing little to shed context.

The primary causes for elevated heavy metal quantities in organic vegan proteins is twofold: untreated soil and source of protein. In controlled, heavily modified operations these soils may be inundated with other detriments, such as fertilizer, pesticides, and GMO crops, but often this soil is kept away from naturally occurring heavy metal deposits. Much of these metals unfortunately come from industrial runoff and other human-specific activities.

Secondly, is the source of protein. While it’s hard to argue against the many issues with whey protein, because the protein is obtained from a secondary source, (the cow, after consuming the plant protein as feed) the passage of heavy metals is largely diluted & digested. Many of the most popular vegan protein powders have failed heavy metal tests and fallen below California Prop 65 standards. We knew we could never let this happen.

#3 Sugar Substitutes

Sugar Alcohols & similar products are only one way many protein powders find their flavor. Within the past few decades, obesity and diabetes rates have skyrocketed, making way for all sorts of “sugar free” products. Ingredients like sorbitol and erythritol are found in popular low sugar and sugar free foods, but they aren’t without their concerns as well.

Since the body cannot digest sugar alcohols, the glycemic impact is low or nonexistent. However, the impact it has on the digestive process can cause discomfort and even have a laxative effect. Some have even connected some sugar substitutes with cancer, such as aspartame. With little positive information and many potential dangers, we committed to never including an ingredient you’d need a science degree to pronounce!

#4 Natural Flavors

Natural Flavors can contain up to 100 unnamed ingredients

“Natural” flavors are the chemical derivative that lends flavor to a particular naturally occurring source, such as vanilla, chocolate, or cherry. Even less is revealed to the consumer regarding these concentrated, highly powerful flavor additives. As consumers, we see the presence of “natural” flavors shown prominently on many processed food boxes.

This seemingly healthy sounded buzzword is just another way processed food companies mislead you into believing that explosive peanut butter taste is derived “naturally” from peanuts.

In tiny quantities, “natural” flavors can add intense flavor to processed foods. Almost all flavored, processed foods use these flavor agents. Shockingly, they are allowed to include up to 100 unnamed flavors within a single drop! We would never put an ingredient on our label we couldn’t define, and we’re committed to never needing “natural” flavors for our products to taste incredible.

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#5 Preservatives

Preservatives decrease costs and increase shelf life, but at what cost to you?

Preservatives come in many forms. They are normally utilized to do what they’re named for: preserve. For protein powders, this can mean anticaking agents used to ensure humidity doesn’t cause the powder to harden, but are they necessary?

The potential drawbacks of a majority of these preservatives are significant. Preservatives in some cases have been linked to cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, hormone disruption, and heart disease. We are just beginning to understand their impact, and as more data rolls in each year, we step further & further away from these concerning additives.

Heavy Metal Contamination

Major consumer advocacy organizations such as The Clean Label Project and Consumer Reports have given rise to the growing concern over the presence of heavy metals in protein powder. The primary cause for concern surrounds organic, plant based protein powders. Included in these reports are citations of lead, cadmium, and arsenic.

In 2018, the Clean Label Project studied 134 of the bestselling protein powders on the market. Among the findings were that USDA Certified Organic products contained over 2x the heavy metals compared to non-organic products. While the commonly shared summary from their questions raises important quality concerns, it also painted plant based proteins in a negative light, while doing little to shed context.

The primary causes for elevated heavy metal quantities in organic vegan proteins is twofold: untreated soil and source of protein. In controlled, heavily modified operations these soils may be inundated with other detriments, such as fertilizer, pesticides, and GMO crops, but often this soil is kept away from naturally occurring heavy metal deposits. Much of these metals unfortunately come from industrial runoff and other human-specific activities.

Secondly, is the source of protein. While it’s hard to argue against the many issues with whey protein, because the protein is obtained from a secondary source, (the cow, after consuming the plant protein as feed) the passage of heavy metals is largely diluted & digested. Many of the most popular vegan protein powders have failed heavy metal tests and fallen below California Prop 65 standards. We knew we could never let this happen.

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