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Protein Powders Wreck Your Health According To Research

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If you drink a protein shake every day, you might want to read this. New research has found that your morning protein shake isn't the healthful recovery meal you once believed it to be.


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Protein powder is harmful to your health, according to a , and the results couldn’t come any sooner.

What Is Protein Powder?

Protein powder is a synthetic foodstuff favored by bodybuilders and athletes. It is a product marketed as a “healthy” recovery shake, or as a meal replacement for fitness buffs on the go. Protein powder is also an unhealthy source of MSG. Protein powders contain glutamic acid. Glutamic acid becomes a problem when it is exposed to heat. When protein powder is manufactured, it is exposed to extreme heat, which converts glutamic acid into free glutamic acid, also known as monosodium glutamate (MSG).

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Protein Powders Also Contain Heavy Metals and BPAs

The study found that some protein powders contain alarming levels of BPA -- an industrial chemical used to make certain plastics, heavy metals, and resins.

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Research has also found that BPA is linked to cancer, in addition to the brain and reproductive defects.

The Clean Label Project says that it tested 134 protein powders from 52 brands and screened them for over 130 toxins, including heavy metals, BPA, pesticides, and other contaminants with links to cancer and other health conditions.

Researchers tested animal-based, plant-based and whey protein powders, and just because some powders were organic didn’t mean they got a green light.

Researchers found that organic powders, have on average, more than twice the amount of heavy metals compared to the non-organic powders that were tested, according to the study. Alarmingly, researchers found that 75 percent of plant-based powders tested positive for lead.

Although no protein powder is considered healthy, according to the study, these protein powders earned the lowest overall scores:

• Garden of Life
• Six Star
• Quest
• Sun Warrior
• Vega One

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A Better Alternative To Protein Powder

Despite what you’ve been told by your fitness trainer when the body recovers from any training session or strenuous activity, it needs carbohydrates, not protein to repair muscles. Carbohydrates, not protein, are the only source of energy that muscles require after a rigorous training session.

Drinking protein shakes depletes your muscles of the energy they need to recuperate post workout. In fact, eating a low carbohydrate diet high in protein is why recovery time is typically 48 hours. Instead of downing a protein shake after the gym, a better idea is to have a fruit smoothie. Fruit smoothies are rich in natural plant-based protein, high in carbohydrates, and are a much safer, more nourishing option than protein powder. By drinking a fruit smoothie instead of protein shakes post workout, you can cut recovery time in half --- to 24 hours.