Heavy metals in protein supps

June 7th, 2010  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  5 Comments

Disagree with “you don’t need much protein” (Have you ever asked yourself: What do the mainstream nutrition drones want us to eat instead? Fat? Nuh-uh, that’s off limits. Carbs? Umkay. Great plan.) but the other findings should definitely make us cautious about what we buy.

Consumer Reports: Heavy metals in protein supplements


  1. Trishy says:

    June 7th, 2010at 10:56 am(#)

    A recent article reported the presence of various metal (and other) contaminants in a variety of dietary supplements:


    I think many people don’t realize that in the US, supplements are not considered drugs and therefore are not regulated the way the pharmaceutical industry is. This is expected to change in coming years, but currently, there is a lot of crap on those supplement shelves.

  2. Chris says:

    June 8th, 2010at 8:21 am(#)

    It’s why it’s important to source your protein powders carefully. The large companies import a tonne of their whey from overseas where food standards may be more lax than in North America.

    And I agree that there is a lot of crap on supplement shelves, but I would argue that there is a tonne of crap on shelves of all sorts. I think that education rather than regulation is the key.

  3. Mistress Krista says:

    June 8th, 2010at 9:17 am(#)

    The evidence actually suggests that regulation is essential for food safety. Consumer education is helpful — to a point — but regulatory safeguards against shit in our foods is ultimately what has been demonstrated to be successful in the long term. I think education + regulation is a good belt+suspenders combo.

  4. Chris says:

    June 8th, 2010at 11:53 am(#)

    I see your point. What I fear is that pepsi and coke’s new whey drinks (coming soon! mmm) will fly past regulation due to their hefty corporate backing while smaller, independant companies are forced into near bankruptcy by having to pay for the myriad tests required.

  5. Simma says:

    June 8th, 2010at 12:35 pm(#)

    Er, regulation is why products from North America and Europe are safer than products from China, where regulation is lax. Education doesn’t help if you’re not being given adequate information. If there are no regulations, where is the incentive to have products tested to make sure they don’t contain toxins? Without regulatory bodies, whence the information about which products pose a danger of contamination?

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