Protein Shakes Consumer Reports: Possible Health Risks

By Alan Ng - Jun 3, 2010

Some particularly worrying news to bring you now, as a new study by Consumer Reports has revealed that there are possible health risks for consumers who regularly take protein shakes as part of their daily diet.

As reported from CBSNews, manufacturers and sales reps have stated that these kinds of products are safe to consume, but a fresh report states otherwise.

Some protein shakes used in the study revealed that they contained substances like lead, arsenic and cadmium. Potential health risks when drinking protein shakes regularly include dehydration, digestive problems and even kidney problems in some cases.

The very presence of these metals within protein shakes are an obvious worry, as Urvashi Rangan, Consumer Reports explains:

“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.”

For those of you who regularly take protein shakes as part of your daily diet – what are your thoughts on the new study? Are you concerned by the high levels of the metals mentioned above or not?

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  • Bill

    Every one of these responses tries to dance around the issue and somehow justify continued usage of these products. Bottom line, these supplements contain harmful heavy metals that can cause damage to your inernal organs. End of story. No rationalization, or attempts to change the subject will change that. Sure, these substances exist in other foods, but they do NOT exceed the FDA limits like the exposed protein shakes do.
    Why expose yourself to these dangerous chemicals? It makes no sense. And even worse, why defend these companies?

  • kris

    So, what can I eat now a days? apparently everything is bad for you… people that make these articles need to grow up..

  • Scott

    Right on Cindy!!
    What Consumer Reports DOESN'T tell you is that all of these materials are found in foods anyone regularly buys at the grocery store such as boiled shrimp, Italian dressing, sweet potato, spinach, red wine, avocado, honey, watermellon, rasins, peaches, cottage cheese, granola cereal, whole wheat bread, red apples, boiled eggs, and whole milk.

    I suggest that people read other articles to get the FULL STORY before jumping to any conclusions. Links to a couple articles from supplement companies listed in the report are below:

  • April

    There are far worse things to put into ones diet that will probably kill you faster. Besides, is there anything that's 100% safe anymore? Probably not. I'm still going to drink my shakes. E coli in my spinach is more of a worry to me right now.

  • Cindy

    This is more lies to get the public scared so the gov't can pass legislation to ban supplements. If they are so worried about heavy metals then get the fluoride out of our water supplies and mercury out of children's vaccines. The cadmium, arsenic and lead are all from the toxic environment created by large corporate waste disposal and then it gets into our food supply. In this case, whey protein is then coming from cows eating contaminated grasses that have been polluted by corporate greed. This is a scam to get consumers to demand tighter supplement laws so the medical companies can prevent us from getting natural products and get Americans regulated to buy their harmful drugs.