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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