31% of Protein Powders & Drinks Fail ConsumerLab.com Review

Americans spend over $3 billion a year on protein powders                                 a year. You may beprotein powders-consume labtest getting more or less in your protein powder than you bargained for including heavy metals, and things that are not on the label.  

ConsumerLab.com set out to  find what’s really in a scoop of “protein powder,” and the results weren’t all  that impressive. In some products they found  a lot less protein and/or a lot more carbohydrates than expected, and even more  alarming, some contained high qualities of lead.

ConsumerLab.com purchased, tested  and reviewed the quality of a broad range of protein powders and drinks used for  everything from bodybuilding to dieting.

ConsumerLab.com found  problems with the quality of five of the 16 protein products it selected for  testing and confirmed these findings in a second independent  laboratory:

•   a protein powder from a popular brand  was missing 16 grams of protein per scoop — the majority of the protein it  promised. Instead, it contained an extra 16 grams of carbohydrates (including an  extra 3 grams of sugar)

•   a powdered meal replacement shake was  contaminated with 12.7 mcg of lead per serving (far more than permitted in California  without a warning label)

•   a popular protein energy meal with  spirulina had an extra 6.7 grams of carbohydrates (including an extra 4 grams of  sugar) and an additional 25.7 calories per serving

•   a protein  powder — from a “GMP certified” facility — claiming “0” cholesterol really had  10.2 mg

•   a protein supplement claiming 5 mg of cholesterol  actually had 14.2 mg

The cost of an equivalent serving of protein  from products approved for quality by ConsumerLab.com ranged from just 61 cents  to over $5. “What sets these products apart from other types of  supplements and energy foods is protein — typically about 10 to 30 grams per  serving,” said Tod Cooperman, M.D., president of ConsumerLab.com. “They can be a  convenient way to get specific types of protein to build and maintain muscle,  but some protein powders come with unwanted  surprises, like lead contamination, extra carbs, or even less protein than advertised.”

The new Protein  Powders and Drinks Review provides results and comparisons for 27  products — 16 selected by ConsumerLab.com and 11 that passed its voluntary  Quality Certification Program. Products include those made with whey protein  (concentrates, isolates, and hydrolysates), casein protein, soy protein, rice  protein, and pea protein.

Products reviewed in the report are  Atkins Day Break, Body Fortress Whey Isolate, Dymatize Nutrition Elite Casein,  EAS 100% Whey Protein, Endurox R4, Genisoy Soy Protein Shake, GNC AMP Amplified  Wheybolic Extreme 60, GNC Pro Performance 100% Whey Protein, GNC Total Lean –  Lean Shake 25, GNC Total Lean – Lean Shake, Jay Robb Whey Protein, Marked 100%  Whey Protein Complex Gourmet, Marked Mass Gainer Gourmet, Metagenics UltraMeal  Rice,  a recent study by  ConsumerLabs about how many protein products contain dangerous contaminants ..  or  do not deliver the nutrient content that is stated on the  label…

       Here is One Company You Can Trust


shaklee guarantee logoEditor’s Note: The consumer is vulnerable .. as they have no way of knowing  whether the product they are purchasing off the shelf contains the nutrients  listed on the label…

It is one of the biggest reasons many use Shaklee  products … Their standards of quality control are  THE HIGHEST in the  industry .

The US Pharmacopaiea which establishes recommendations for best  practices in manufacturing recommends testing for 80 contaminants in raw  materials for supplements . Shaklee exceeds the 80 recommended they tests for 350 .

Shaklee conducts 100,000 quality control tests a year on every ingredient of  every product they produce and will backorder a product even if one  .. ingredient in a formulation does not meet the Shaklee standard for purity or potency .

You can always trust  Shaklee to be pure … and safe  … and effective.

Protein Powders containing heavy metals

Below is an earlier chart that Consumer Lab did showing many of the popular Protein Powders showng that many contain heavy metals such as arsenic, camdium and mercury

protein powders heavy metal chart






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About the Author

Caroline Heinemann has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Concordia Teachers College in Seward Nebraska. She has coordinated a variety of educational programs in her local community and conducts regional business training events and teleconference training calls. She become personally interested in health when she experienced some personal health issues and found that alternative medicine has been the key to her health. She shares tips on staying healthy. She is a former and teacher and has owned her own health education business for the past 30 years

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