Consumer Reports: Heavy metals in protein supplements

The promises are enticing. Whether you’re looking to shed unwanted pounds, get a quick energy jolt, build muscles, or fight the aging process, some supplement makers are boosting protein drinks as a scientifically proven way to quickly achieve your goals. But Consumer Reports have found that most people already get enough protein, and there are far better and cheaper ways to add more if it’s needed. Some protein drinks can even pose health risks, including exposure to potentially harmful heavy metals, if consumed frequently. All drinks in their scientific tests had at least one sample containing one or more of the following contaminants: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. Those metals can have toxic effects on several organs in the body. In general, following the dietary guidelines for recommended servings of specific food groups provide sufficient protein intake. Food and Drug Administration research suggests that foods such as milk, yogurt, eggs, poultry, and meats are generally good protein sources that seem to contain little or no cadmium, lead, arsenic, or mercury. It is important to know what is going into your body, and the healthiest way to get the nutrients needed in the appropriate proportions. Follow the dietary guidelines and opt for all-natural food sources.Results may vary by individual, consult your doctor today and see if this is right for you.