Protein Shakes are killing us!

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    Jun 14, 2010 2:28 PM GMT
    Consumer reports did a article on protein shakes and the deadly contains click the link read it.

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/july/food/protein-drinks/overview/index.htm

    I'm eating well as usual I'll just carry food with me no more shakes! icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 14, 2010 2:33 PM GMT
    This is so stupid.

    I wouldn't worry about it.

    These are not maximum daily allowances.

    For example, so what if three protein drinks has 16.9 mcg of arsenic? Many natural foods have much higher quantities, and the body handles it fine. For comparison, 4 oz of haddock has 626 mcg, a can of tuna has 105 mcg, and a 4 oz salmon steak has 53 mcg.

    You have to drink about 19 protein drinks a day to get the same amount of arsenic as in one can of tuna.

    So, if this means anything, it is arguably safer to get your protein from protein drinks than from food.
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    Jun 14, 2010 3:05 PM GMT
    If you're that worried, instead of commercial protein powders buy 90% pure whey protein isolate from domestic sources and put in your own additives (i.e. glutamine, creatine, etc.).
  • calibro

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    Jun 14, 2010 3:54 PM GMT
    viveutvivas saidThis is so stupid.

    I wouldn't worry about it.

    These are not maximum daily allowances.

    For example, so what if three protein drinks has 16.9 mcg of arsenic? Many natural foods have much higher quantities, and the body handles it fine. For comparison, 4 oz of haddock has 626 mcg, a can of tuna has 105 mcg, and a 4 oz salmon steak has 53 mcg.

    You have to drink about 19 protein drinks a day to get the same amount of arsenic as in one can of tuna.

    So, if this means anything, it is arguably safer to get your protein from protein drinks than from food.


    can you please cite your sources? correct me if i'm wrong, but the serving was three protein shakes, not 19. furthermore, no one is saying eating fish full of heavy metals is safe. research minamata disease.
  • westdave

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    Jun 14, 2010 7:41 PM GMT
    there are vegan protein shakes that have >25 g of protein/serving....try them....
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    Jun 14, 2010 8:15 PM GMT
    calibro said

    can you please cite your sources? correct me if i'm wrong, but the serving was three protein shakes, not 19.



    Yes, that's where I get it from. 105 in a can of tuna divided by 16.9 in three drinks, times 3, gives roughly 19 protein drinks have as much arsenic as one serving of tuna. A couple of servings of tuna or other fatty fish per week is almost universally recommended as healthy, and experimentally found to be healthy, despite any heavy metal concerns, even for pregnant women. You would have to drink 38 protein drinks a week to reproduce the amount of arsenic in your recommended two servings of tuna.

    As for the source of the amounts in fish and other foods, someone reproduced a table in the previous thread on this issue on RJ. I got it from there.

    Then, you should inform yourself of the meaning of the American Pharmacopoeia limits. These are not toxicity limits, in other words, exceeding them does not imply toxicity. Not by a long shot.

    In any case, many other foodstuffs have high amounts of arsenic, not just seafood. These are natural ingredients in the human diet since forever.

    What I found so stupid about this whole hysteria is that they are not giving the context. If they were honest, they should have indicated how much safer the protein drinks are than a piece of fish.
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    Jun 14, 2010 8:16 PM GMT
    Like with any food it depends a lot on what is in it. There is a lot of unnecessary junk in most "fitness" products but you can also keep it simple.

    I use JayRobb's protein powder, either egg white or whey, and I only drink one shake a day max. The ingredients in the chocolate egg white variety are egg white, xylitol (natural sweetener), cocoa powder, natural flavor, xanthan gum (soy-based emulsifier), lecithin (soy-based emulsifier), stevia (natural sweetener). I don't know what in that would be giving you arsenic.
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    Jun 14, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    darksaiyan saidConsumer reports did a article on protein shakes and the deadly contains click the link read it.

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2010/july/food/protein-drinks/overview/index.htm

    I'm eating well as usual I'll just carry food with me no more shakes! icon_neutral.gif


    The article is bullshit.......protein shakes in combination with a healthy diet and exercise enhance muscle mass gains....
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    Jun 14, 2010 8:23 PM GMT
    Killing you... Deadly contents?

    Really could you be more dramatic... Or are we auditioning for a spot on fox news....

    In reality Aresnic is an element not some by product of a synthetic manufacturing processes. It occurs in everything that drinks ground water or eats produce is going to accumulate it over time.... No big deal
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    Jun 14, 2010 8:26 PM GMT
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    Jun 14, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    This goes right in with my joke about all the supplements I take.

    I tell people it's research for a book I'm writing, How to Poison Yourself to a Thinner, Healthier You!

    (I'm not actually writing a book, by the way. icon_lol.gif )
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    Jun 15, 2010 2:20 AM GMT
    Just bought Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein - Chocolate Mint...

    Pretty tasty and a great protein/mix ratio with 24 grams protein and only 120 calories per serving.

  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 26, 2010 3:33 PM GMT
    It all depends on what brand of protein mix. Some mixes contain a lot of preservatives and fillers which are best avoided. You have to read the product labels very carefully. Always go for the mix with the pure protein. As for protein shakes killing us, that is a bunch of hot air.
  • str8hardbody9

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    Jun 26, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    I just love my protein shake. I have 2x a day!icon_eek.gif