​Study: Protein shakes & Consumer Reports​​

Protein shakes & Consumer Reports health study. When a consumer drinks a protein beverage regularly as part of a daily diet contain health risks. Shakes with protein are safe to consume, but researchers found that there are health risks involved.

“What we’re concerned about here is the chronic low level exposure of a heavy metal. And what people should know, is that heavy metals, once they come into our bodies, once they’re metabolized, they tend to stay there for a long period of time,” Researcher Urvashi Rangan said in a statement. Potential health risks when drinking protein shakes regularly include dehydration, digestive problems and even kidney problems in some cases.

The study revealed that some protein drinks contain substances such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. All of the protein drinks tested had at least one of those substances. For example, the ready-to-drink liquid EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate Shake contained high levels of two potentially dangerous chemicals; arsenic and cadmium.

Consumer Reports indicated that the shake provides an average of 16.9 micrograms of arsenic, exceeding the proposed USP limit of 15 micrograms per day. It also contained 5.1 micrograms of cadmium, which is just above the USP limit of 5 micrograms per day. The samples of Muscle Milk Chocolate powder contained all four heavy metals and high levels in three; cadmium, lead and arsenic.

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