I changed your title to consumer reports. You had written consumer lab but that is two different organizations. However, consumer lab recently did a report on protein products as well. Interesting that the only one in the Consumer Reports review with no detectable levels of these was Six Star which is probably the cheapest of the bunch and is what people used to get from Walmart…not that Walmart doesn't suck because it does.
Something consumer reports neglected but consumer lab tested for is melamine. Melamine is a dirty little trick that has been used (illegally) in some protein products to artificially boost the detected amount of protein in lab test by making the total nitrogen content higher. This would only work with simple test, obviously.
According to consumerlab.com, kidney stones, kidney failure and death were reported in 2007 and 2008 due to melamine used in place of protein in pet foods, milk, and infant formulas.
Other than melamine they only tested for lead. They tested some of the same products as the consumer reports and didn't find any that exceeded the contamination limit of lead except for some rice protein products. They did not actually give lead amounts, if any, for the products that passed which were all of the whey products. All products passed for melamine. It makes sense that you would find the plant based products to be the most likely suspects to exceed the limit. As for whey the source of such contamination is hard to pinpoint. It could come from minerals.
Consumerlab did not test the high and mighty muscle milk. It would have been interesting to see if they did and found the same thing since Muscle Milk exceeded the lead limit by a wide margin on two products and cadmium on one. It it a surprise that the bully is the nasty one?
it's no surprise at all :) my bro in law works for nestle…and he hadn't heard of anything concerning the fightings with MM.
Yeah no surprise there either and truthfully it's gratifying. I hate bullies and Muscle Milk is a good example of one. For a supplement company to seek to run the little guys out of business before they even have a chance based on trying to own the word milk in a supplement name is ridiculous to me. So like I said in my blog post on the subject I think it's sweet that Nestle gives them a taste of their own medicine and that big old Cytosport is probably nothing more than a fly on Nestle's radar. Not that I agree with Nestle's stand on the word milk. I think that is ridiculous too but let them fight it out.
I tried to see if anything by BioX was included but couldn't see anything. Right now I've got BioX Xtreme Power Whey Complex (it was on sale) but I don't see it linked to any metals. Were more brands tested that aren't reported on that page or has it really been that long of a day?
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i think they only tested those 15 brands…it would be cool if every brand had gotten checked :) i'm kind of curious about ON's nitro core that i use…but i imagine it's the same quality as their whey.
By the way guys here is the link to the ConsumerLab page. I didn't bother before because unless you have a subscription you won't see the results. But this tells what was tested anyway:
I was thinking that every body is going to be consuming some heavy metals all the time or coming into contact with them. Even if you eat "healthy" and avoid packaged foods it's still a part of your diet to some degree. Then I got to thinking that with processed packaged foods there is a difference. Although whey protein powders are under the dietary supplement umbrella I consider them to be food and a highly processed one at that.
A lot of people are always saying stuff like "processed foods? Don't eat that shit, you don't even know what is in it!" But really you know what is in it you just don't know what is in what is in it! I think that even though people complain and act like there is a conspiracy to put poison in processed foods at the end of the day the more processed something in the more the sense they have that they can trust to the ingredient list. You may not know what all the chemicals and other ingredients do but you know that this is all it contains.
The food industry is much more regulated and you can be at least a bit more assured. We have recalls of all kinds on a weekly basis. Whether that is a very bad sign or not at least the recalls happen. I have the FDA feeds right here on the site. But here we have whey protein that is consumed at the same amounts as any "food". They do report stuff on dietary supplements as part of MedWatch.
Here is the simple truth. All these "manufactures" don't make anything. They just assemble various powders from all over the place and mix them. Of course they don't call it mix they call it "formulate". Anybody, really, can do it.
I would think that the cheapest fly by night brand would be the most contaminated. Certainly when one supplement brand is able to beat out a bunch of other competitors price on something like whey, which has a certain market price at any one time, you can be pretty sure that the reason they were able to do that is because they bought it from the lowest bidder. When it comes to supplement ingredients lowest bidder means "most likely to be complete and utter contaminated shit." Many of these "bulk" suppliers that people use I never touch because of this.
Now we see in this report that the expensive and lofty brand is the most heavily contaminated. So why is that? My first instinct is it's because of all the bells and whistles. The more useless crap you put in a whey powder to make it seem better (shotgun method) the more likely one or another of those ingredients contains unwanted contaminates. Also the more complicated the processing of something is the more opportunity for cross contamination. So my advice is to keep it simple and when you want whey just by whey. A good whey concentrate (which means the highest protein percentage for a concentrate) or a whey protein mix which is more typical. But no minerals. Vitamins or any other stuff. Obviously that is not a guarantee of anything but the chances are better.
Then there is the FLAVORING. Chocolate and cocoa powder in particular is a huge source of potential lead contamination. Some test on chocolates in the past have shown quite a bit of lead. I'm not trying to paint chocolate as evil though I'm just exploring some possible avenues of heavy metal contaminants.
it would be interesting to see bulk nutritions, and true proteins stuff measured up. a guy on another forum emailed cytosport and got the response of "we have our own in house testing, and we didn't find any of that stuff." of COURSE you didn't. it would be downright horrible for you to admit you knew it was in there :)
I know. Consumerlab does user surveys to try and determine where people buy their supplements so pretty much no one is gong to list those types of sources. It wouldn't be worth it, honestly, for them to spend the money on it since most of the people seeing the reports would never have heard of them and in the big scheme of things hardly anyone buys their supplements that way. We'd have to shell out the money and I don't have it! My prediction would be dire though.
In house testing is no kind of response since only independent third party reports are really acceptable. Any supplement company that is not willing to send you such a certified assay if you should request one is not worth a shit. And MANY companies will do so upon request. The kinds of tests they do and the sensitivity of those test will make a big difference even if you could trust an in house report but why in the world should you?
I'm not sure but I think it was Body Fortress used to send a little report along with every product.
Protein = bad?