Long-Term Effects of Protein Shakes


Protein drinks are being advertised as a way to boost fitness, and that marketing targets everyone from body builders to teenagers. According to a new study, over-consuming some of those products could be dangerous, and may cause health problems over time. The investigation found some contain things like arsenic, cadmium, and lead. Experts say too much protein can lead to:

  • Dehydration
  • Digestive problems
  • Increase your risk for osteoporosis
  • For some people, cause kidney problems.
Consumer Reports says three products were of particular concern. Consuming three servings a day could result in exposure to arsenic, cadmium or lead that exceed proposed limits for contaminants:
     • Eas Myoplex (Arsenic, Cadmium)
     • Muscle Milk-Chocolate (Cadmium, Lead)
     • Muscle Milk-Vanilla Creme (Lead)
Urvashi Rangan, Consumer Reports, said, “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.”
There other ways to get protein at a cheaper price, such as:
• Half a chicken breast (27 grams of protein, 62   cents per serving) 
 • Three glasses of milk (23 grams of protein, 60 cents per serving)
• Three scrambled eggs (20 grams of protein, 46 cents per serving)


 Posted by: SSG
Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500202_162-6537686.html