There’s so much hype around protein to help lose weight and build muscle, it’s easy to see why people turn to powders to bulk up their morning smoothies and shakes. I’ve tried a few protein powders over the years myself. While they can be a convenient way to boost nutrition, it’s important to consider the potential drawbacks before using them.
Industry experts and nutritionists have debated the overall safety of protein powders for years (F-Factor 20/20 Fiber/Protein Powder being the most recent product to come under scrutiny). A 2018 report from a nonprofit called Clean Label Project found heavy metals like arsenic and lead in many leading protein powders. Plant-based powders had more contamination than those with whey and egg protein, and organic powders actually had higher levels of contamination than conventional. (It’s important to note that the Clean Label Project sells “approved” products from their site.) Tests done in 2010 by Consumer Reports showed similar results.
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