Recently, the Clean Label Project™ completed a study of 134 protein powder products from 52 brands. Products were screened for over 130 toxins including heavy metals, BPA, pesticides and other contaminants with links to cancer and health conditions. This study included the top-selling protein powder products on Amazon which included animal- and plant-based proteins. They were all tested and reviewed by a third-party lab. The results of the study?
70% of tested products contained detectable levels of lead, 74% included cadmium, another harmful heavy metal, and 55% contained BPA (Bisphenol A) which is a harmful component of some plastics!
Horrifying right? It gets worse.
Organic products contained 40% less BPA; however, they contained on average over two times the amount of heavy metals like lead, arsenic and cadmium than non-organic products. Plant-based protein powders delivered the worst results. In fact, 75% of plant-based products tested positive for lead. That said, it’s important to keep in mind that there are naturally occurring levels of metals/minerals that are found in all foods, so if levels are ultra-low and below standards set by organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), then they’re nothing to be concerned about. But, if they are above the limits set by the NSF or United State Pharmacopeia (USP), then you should be concerned!
VEGAN FREAK Testing
This leads us to our plant-based protein powder, VEGAN FREAK, which provides a unique blend of three plant-based protein sources that include Pea, Sacha Inchi and Hemp Protein. All our products go through regular microbiological and heavy metals testing and VEGAN FREAK is no exception. The results from the VEGAN FREAK tests show that there are virtually no heavy metals, and nothing even close to reaching the limits set by NSF and USP. Additionally, there was absolutely zero detection of any BPA or Pesticides at all.
The bottom line: Choose QUALITY over QUANTITY and any other factor for that matter when choosing your next protein powder!
VEGAN FREAK PROTEIN POWDER SHAKE
- 1-2 scoops of VEGAN FREAK Natural Vanilla OR Natural Dark Chocolate
- 1-2 cups of Almond Milk
- 1 scoop of GREENS FREAK
- 1 cup of Frozen Fruit
- 1 tbsp Almond Butter
Put all your ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency!