Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Heavy Metal

How much arsenic, cadmium and lead is in your protein shake?
[A]n independent lab commissioned by Consumer Reports found that three servings of one kind of chocolate drink contains more lead and more cadmium than the daily allowances recommended by the U.S. Pharmacopia, the authority on these things. (Click here for full chart of products cited in the report.)

Andrew Shao, senior vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a supplement industry group, told Consumer Reports that protein powders and drinks are a safe option, even for teens and pregnant women — the ones frequently targeted for nutrition boosting.

But the extra protein may not outweigh the risks, said Michael Harbut, director of the Environmental Cancer Initiative at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Royal Oak, Michigan. Cadmium can cause serious kidney damage, too much lead cause neurological problems, and we all know why arsenic is a mystery novelist's favorite poision, don't we?
But hey, everything is going to kill everybody eventually, right?

(Source: NPR)