By MEGAN FERN
In recent months, consumers and nutritionists have grown skeptical about protein drinks and the metals they contain. Now companies are finding ways to reassure consumers that their products are indeed safe.
Heavy metals can be found in most protein drinks, and nutritionists and consumers are concerned about the levels of these metals and whether they cause harm to a person’s
health. Can these drinks really be considered healthy?
Protein is an important part of our everyday diet, and this is especially true for those who are trying to get in shape. Many of these people get the protein they need from protein
drinks. Muscle Milk, mix1, and EAS are a few companies that are working around
the clock to reassure consumers that their products are safe.
“If the metals in protein drinks were at an unsafe level they would not be on the market,” said Shane Brown who is Muscle Milk’s area manager.
Arsenic, lead and cadmium are the metals raising questions. They can be found in most protein drinks, some at higher levels than others.
Although the Food and Drug Administration has approved the products in question, it has not been enough to restore confidence about protein drinks for everyone.
Fitness enthusiast Kris Ahrens said he drinks protein drinks every day, but became hesitant when he heard about the metal issues.
Some experts fear that the metals being ingested could potentially metabolize, then cause harm.
Cadmium is known to cause serious kidney damage and too much lead can cause
neurological problems. According to the American Cancer Society, arsenic is a
known carcinogen; a substance that causes cancer. Although we are exposed to small levels of arsenic through various sources like the air we breathe and the water we drink, high levels of the substance can cause problems such as liver and kidney damage, irregular heartbeat – and cancer.
“Muscle Milk has done extra tests and sent out reports to all of its markets to encourage consumers and experts that they are safe for people to consume on a daily basis,” said
Companies such as Muscle Milk, mix1 and EAS must prove to consumers that their products are not harmful. Fitness enthusiasts and consumers in general need to be knowledgeable about what they are putting in their bodies.
The FDA has been asked by experts and consumers alike to regulate protein drinks more closely to ensure the safety of these drinks.