Arsenic, Lead, and Cadmium in “Healthy” Protein Shakes

Here is some news from Consumer Reports on the quality of drinkable meals out there. The full report is available to subscribers (click here to go to Consumer Reports’ preview of the article). Here is a little more information from Web MD:

Consumer Reports says these three products are of special concern:

EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate Shake has an average of 16.9 micrograms of arsenic in three servings — more than the 15 micrograms a day that is the proposed USP limit. It has an average of 5.1 micrograms of cadmium for three servings — above the USP limit of 5 micrograms a day.

Muscle Milk chocolate powder, at three servings, contained all four of the metals, and three metals were found at a level that was among the highest of all 15 products tested. Cadmium levels were 5.6 micrograms — above the 5-microgram limit. Lead was 13.5 micrograms — above the USP limit of 10 micrograms. The arsenic averaged 12.2 micrograms — near the 15-microgram daily USP limit.

Muscle Milk vanilla crème had 12.2 micrograms of lead per three servings — above the 10-microgram daily limit. It has 11.2 micrograms of arsenic — close to the 15-microgram daily limit.

7 thoughts on “Arsenic, Lead, and Cadmium in “Healthy” Protein Shakes

  1. Wouldn’t you know my husband just bought a six-pack of Myoplex. It sounds like it won’t hurt you if you have one a few times a week, but when you consider you might be getting heavy metal from other sources it would be a bad idea to drink a lot of any of these. I think the people at risk are young boys, body builders and women trying to lose weight. If there’s no warning against it, why not chug these down all day?

  2. Chancy. I believe you hit upon the combined sources, however, there are so many in that formula. Chemical harm is a source in just about everything we expose ourselves to. I take Protein shakes after the gym and I use (unregulated) shampoos, soaps and skin care and I know that the combinations are chancy when you factor in your predisposition like genetics, compromised immune (many friends and their children are sick due to the vaccines which also can lower your ability to fight other health issues), working exposure….or just mowing the ttraditional gas powered lawnmower, which is equivilent to emissions from 43 NEW cars! Yikes! So, from the minute we get up to the end of the day we are exposed.

    I think all people are at risk and yes those that are young, old and with medical issues are definitely more at risk…but, how can we truly measure? I guess I will take my poison in moderation and make changes here and there where I can afford it. Let’s face it, the meats, (now fish/oil) and other ingested proteins probably contain just as much harmful stuff. Where can I buy a good blind fold – LOL!

  3. if my yard was bigger than a bandanna i would buy a push mower. now all i have to do is walk around on it.

  4. You’d need the calories. That looks like way more work than pushing the mower. I can bike to my gym, which I find aesthetically pleasing because it makes sense.

  5. love it! Something I gotta ask to all the engineering folks…I just helped working on Cranston’s Clean Diesel initiative which Retro-fits trucks on their emissions and lowers it 90%. Why can’t we downsize and duplicate one’s for garden equipment….such as the weedwacker. There’s a patent somewhere there (said with humor).

  6. seriously, on the East Side I see trucks pull up, and with great noise and pollution a crew of men do yard work they could do almost as fast with rakes. it’s crazy.

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