Should we be worried about protein powder?

  • KansasColt09

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    Jun 03, 2010 3:32 AM GMT
    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news%2Fhealth&id=7473904

    I have been drinking protein shakes religiously for quite a few years now, so this article has definitely grabbed my attention! Go at it, boys! What do you think?
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    Jun 03, 2010 3:34 AM GMT
    I can never understand why all these guys drink protein shakes and stuff. I'd be too scared for my own health to do that. Whats the main reason why people do drink those? why not just eat lots of fish, meat eggs, chicken Ect... i don't get it. It's safer and much better for your overall health no?
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Jun 03, 2010 3:36 AM GMT
    Well I don't drink those kind of Proteins so I have nothing to worry about
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Jun 03, 2010 3:36 AM GMT
    meemo21 saidI can never understand why all these guys drink protein shakes and stuff. I'd be too scared for my own health to do that. Whats the main reason why people do drink those? why not just eat lots of fish, meat eggs, chicken Ect... i don't get it. It's safer and much better for your overall health no?



    B/c its easier to just drink, than to eat all of that icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Webster666

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    Jun 03, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
    "Should we be worried about protein powder?"
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    YES !!!!!!!
    You're throwing away money on this stuff.
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    Jun 03, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
    This is precisely why I buy pure 90% domestic whey protein isolate in bulk and mix in my own additives. Of course, I don't know if the cows themselves are exposed to arsenic...
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    Jun 03, 2010 5:32 AM GMT
    Slow news day. There are much more harmful foods out there than protein powder. Stories like this cause politicians to start crusades to protect the American people from themselves. I think the supplement industry is in real danger, unless they start hiring lobbyists.
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    Jun 03, 2010 6:39 AM GMT
    I stopped using protein powder/bars a couple months ago.
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    Jun 03, 2010 10:36 AM GMT
    KansasColt09 saidhttp://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news%2Fhealth&id=7473904

    I have been drinking protein shakes religiously for quite a few years now, so this article has definitely grabbed my attention! Go at it, boys! What do you think?
    I finally weened myself off ANY supplement (took a few months). I'm not making gains as fast, but I feel much better...and gains are still being made.

    I've determined that supplements are evil because they take naturally occuring nutrients from food, concentrate them, and mix them with stuff they're not supposed to be mixed with. They're intended to stay in the food and work with other nutrients in the food to do their job. Taken out of their original form, they don't work as nature intended. That's only my assumption at the moment, but it's safe to say that eating healthy isn't going to kill you as long as the food hasn't gone bad.
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    Jun 03, 2010 11:16 AM GMT

    Some protein powders and drinks contain rice protein.

    Rice protein doctored with melamine from china caused the poison pet food mess not too long ago.

    Unless you know where a company is getting their ingredients from, proceed with caution.

    -Doug
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    Jun 03, 2010 6:56 PM GMT
    I have something to say about this... but I'll type it in when I get to work later.

    Just know... this mess sounds like a good way to sensationalize powders for uninformed people.

    There's a difference between a 100% Whey Protein Powder (which I highly doubt they tested, which is strictly a protein powder) and Muscle Milk (which is filled with a bunch of Fancy named blends that mean nothing) or Nitro-Tech (mentioned on the Consumer Reports site for being in the center of a lawsuit; which is also not a strictly protein powder.)

    That's the problem.

    I'm not fond of this umbrella lumping they're doing, because like xrichx said

    xrichxStories like this cause politicians to start crusades to protect the American people from themselves. I think the supplement industry is in real danger, unless they start hiring lobbyists.
  • jonhyboy

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    Jun 03, 2010 7:16 PM GMT
    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/july/food/protein-drinks/whats-in-your-protein-drink/index.htm
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    Jun 03, 2010 7:22 PM GMT
    WOW! interesting article no wonder why the few times i tried to drink protein shakes i shit like crazy! lol that is my body saying that yeah your not putting something good into it;(or some may says it's cleaning your system out) which i disagree with because i eat organic food, i eat fresh, i don't eat shit, so i don't like how it feels worst than having After Intensive Drinking Shits, so the last protein shake i have i still have half of the protein left and it's like 5 months later, i'm not touching it but i don't wanna waste it, but i will probably give it away to someone i guess...
  • NursePractiti...

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    Jun 03, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    Protein powders are generally unnecessary in healthy people unless you work out enough to require them such as heavy competition body builders, etc. When you eat more protein than you use, the body does not store it but process it through your kidneys. Every now and then is not so bad. However on a regular basis and in the presence of other factors such as kidney disease, it can get real bad. As for the heavy metal content, many independent tests of supplements from health food stores routinely show they either don't have the amount of ingredients listed, or have it at all and contain things that will harm you. If you get the ones with USP mark on them, that is usually considered safe. If your going to take supplements, do your research first, decide WHY it is you want them, and ask many of the people on this site who do use them and what may or may not have worked. Remember, just because a big hulking muscular guy appears on the side of a product, does not mean it will make you into that.
  • neosyllogy

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    Jun 03, 2010 7:36 PM GMT
    Well fike...
    People (like me) use protein powders because, among many reasons, we're ridiculously busy. For example, if I'm in the middle of a 6 hour surgery it's a lot easier to just go mix up protein than it is to get whole food. I could make a point to bring sandwiches or something everyday, but it's a pain frankly. I do not want to become one of those people that spends more time worrying about their health than actually living. (but I digress)

    Fuck.
    So, the first question is then: what are the comparable levels of [bad things] in meats and other 'regular' foods? Obviously many fish are worse...
    sigh, now I have to go do a bunch of research.

    Anyone got educated opinions on the these subjects? icon_redface.gif
    Danke.
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    Jun 03, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    Only if we run into Magneto when he is in his plastic prison cell.
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    I used to drink muscle milk but it just made me gain weight (fat) so I switch over to the isolate.