Heavy metals in protein supplements

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    Jun 12, 2012 7:53 AM GMT
    Consumer Reports tested some common protein supplements and some had high levels of lead, mercury, and arsenic.

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/july/food/protein-drinks/whats-in-your-protein-drink/index.htm

    It looks like the Optimum Nutrition brand is one of the best, but it's also one of the most expensive. Does anyone know more about this and which brands of protein supplements have the lowest levels of contaminants?
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    Jun 12, 2012 3:47 PM GMT
    we talked about this... two years ago
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    Jun 12, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    Heavy metal in my protein shake? FUCK YEAH ROCK ON PROTEIN SHAKE.
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    Jun 12, 2012 5:53 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidHeavy metal in my protein shake? FUCK YEAH ROCK ON PROTEIN SHAKE.


    i can has the lady gaga heavy metal lover protein shake?

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    Jun 12, 2012 11:59 PM GMT
    Jaybird1 saidHeavy metals in protein supplements
    Does this mean it'll make the users grow long hair and listen to 80's bands?
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    Jun 13, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
    whatever...I use Muscle Milk all the time and its got the most and Ive yet to die of lead poisoning
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    Jun 13, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
    Ha ha, yeah, I should have seen the Lady Gaga post coming icon_lol.gif
    But seriously, heavy metals are nasty and prolonged exposure to lead can cause brain damage. From what I've learned if the source of protein used (usually milk, as casein and whey are the most common sources), comes from a place near a smelting facility, battery factory, or even a busy road where leaded fuel is used or was used, it is possible to have lead contamination. The lead then gets concentrated as the protein is refined. Anything having a lead content over 0.5 micrograms per daily serving is supposed to have a warning label here in California, but from what I've heard it's not always put on until a lawsuit is filed. I would just say to stick with the Optimum Nutrition brand as they seem to have a good reputation with bodybuilders.
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    Jun 13, 2012 7:03 PM GMT
    Will it set off TSA alarms?? icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 16, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    That's sick... I'll go for organic kinds, if you need to gain mass.....organic pea protein are best for vegan, organic whey protein is most bio-availability if you are not vegan.

    Check out this research article:
    http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2011/05/11/whey-protein-shown-superior-to-other-milk-proteins-for-building-muscle.aspx