Many protein concentrates are contaminated with heavy metals. Those seeking a higher protein supply should therefore carefully consider the quality of the protein preparation and possible choose a product of plant origin.
Protein surplus plus heavy metals burden the organism
In protein powders and protein drinks, toxic heavy metals are found again and again: arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. The American consumer magazine Consumer Reports tested 15 different protein concentrates and discovered in all measurable quantities, in some brands even very high doses of the mentioned heavy metals. In Europe the situation is similar.
Consumer Reports pointed out that people in industrialized countries with their diet alone usually take more proteins as it would be healthy. If now an additional protein concentrate would be added to the high protein diet they already have, that is an extreme burden on the organism. The German Society for Nutrition and the World Health Organization recommend daily about 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight of a grown-up person. Endurance athletes should also take one gram of protein per kilogram of body weight. A person who weighs 70 kilograms, for example, would, therefore, be well served with 56 grams of protein per day.
Heavy metals are persistent
On the contrary, many typical lifestyle diseases (osteoporosis, rheumatic diseases, cancer, etc.) can be associated with chronic protein surplus. Protein surplus is nowadays a major problem. Another very common health problem is the poisoning with heavy metals. Heavy metals penetrate into our tissues – also in the brain, heart, and kidneys. Although our body has detoxification mechanisms, they are not prepared for the amount of today circulating toxins.
Particularly heavy metals are extremely difficult, if at all, degradable. They, therefore, accumulate in the tissue and can then – after a certain dose and depending on individual tolerance – trigger a wide variety of symptoms: fatigue, nausea, depression, thyroid disorders, adrenal disorders, heart problems and many others.
The alternative: Vegetable Protein Powder
Protein concentrates are obtained in most cases from animal proteins. Since animals naturally throughout their lives accumulate in their bodies heavy metals from their food and their environment, the protein preparations derived from them, of course, also contain enormous amounts of these heavy metals.
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Herbal unloaded protein sources such as the lupine, quinoa, beans, rice, seeds (eg. ss hemp seeds) and green leafy vegetables are a better choice in any case. Especially that sweet lupine already exists in the form of a protein-rich powder that could constitute a recommended alternative for all those who had previously consumed protein powder of animal origin.
The protein abundance of natural food
All the mentioned plant foods provide a quality and healthy protein-supply. A cup of cooked quinoa contains about 14 grams of protein. One hundred grams of sweet lupine contain about 40 grams of protein and a cup of raw spinach contains one gram of protein.
A meal out, for example, a cup of quinoa, a sweet lupine product and various kinds of vegetables with some hemp seeds and as a snack a green smoothie made from finely green leafy vegetables, some water, almond and fresh or frozen fruit provides you not only with essential amino acids in the right amounts, but also with a lush variety of nutrients, fiber, minerals and trace elements.
To provide yourself with a lively fresh food is in many ways is much healthier than to provide yourself with questionable concentrates and protein drinks.
The question you should ask yourself when choosing the right proteins is: What do I get out of the protein of this or that product? Does it contain vitamins and minerals besides protein? Or will I get with the protein perhaps no other useful substances, but a portion of hazardous heavy metals? Think again before you take your meal.