Many people looking to bulk up at the gym start drinking protein drinks to boost their performance, but in todays safe family report, why you should think twice before guzzling the supliment.
A new study finds over consumption of these products could be dangerous. Consumer Reports says, some protein drinks contain arsenic, cadmium, lead and other heavy metals, causing health problems over time. Nutrition stores don't even know their products are potentially harmful, telling customers it is safe to take extra doses, but experts say that's not the case, too much protein can cause dehydration, digestive problems, increased risk of osteoporosis and even kidney problems.
15 different protein drinks were tested for heavy metals and all 15 tested positive, 3 of the drinks with levels high enough to cause exposure to arsenic, cadmium or lead.
"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. "
The manufacturers of the three products--flagged by Consumer Reports for heavy metals --say independent testing shows they are within government safety standards, even if taken three times a day.
We also should point out that heavy metals like the ones found in the protein drinks are also found in common foods like potatoes, rice, and leafy greens.