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Your Protein Powder Might Kill You! Clickbait title – got you! But for real, this is what Consumer Reports basically said in a recent article. They accused protein powders of being laced with lead, mercury, and for those of you related to superheroes, kryptonite. By the time you read this article, you will learn two thing.

“For the vast majority of people, protein supplements are not dangerous, and it would be very difficult to overdose on them,” says Dr. Mehmet Oz, who notes that mom-of. The supposed dangers of protein are a popular subject.

Some say that a high protein intake can reduce calcium in bones, cause osteoporosis or even destroy your kidneys. This article takes a. Harmful Chemicals Found In Protein Shakes: GMO’s, Soy Protein, Maltodextrin, Refined Sugar, Heavy Metals (and this), rbGH, Artificial Colors, and Carrageenan Click below to download a list of toxins in commonly consumed protein shakes (Courtesy of Download the. But if you regularly consume protein powder, you may want to reconsider the possible risks coming with your protein boost: A new study shows that 53 of 134 of the top-selling protein powders have substantially elevated levels of lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and BPA. If the protein powder is vanilla flavor, it will make a really good combination with OJ.

The same goes for flavors like strawberry, blueberry, and even chocolate. 3. Make a Milkshake. You may hate your whey protein now, but if you make a milkshake out of it, the chances are you. You can meet your body’s daily protein requirements whether you drink shakes or eat only whole foods. However, they don’t offer equal nutrition.

However, they don’t offer equal nutrition. If you normally work out for half an hour a few times a week, but now you’ve decide to train for a half-marathon, your body will need more protein. When you’re recovering from an injury. Specifically, direct, long-lasting heat damages “amino acid bioavailability,” meaning it your body has a harder time digesting and using the protein. Whey becomes harder to digest at 167.

We’re talking here about the risk of consuming protein powder. And specifically the risk that comes from heavy metals like arsenic and led. I’ve.

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Too much protein produces an excess of ammonia — a toxic protein breakdown product that can damage the liver, kidneys, and brain before the body turns it into less harmful urea.

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Although no stores of protein exist as such, with an upper limit of body protein regardless of habitual intake in healthy individuals, considerable protein depletion can occur without serious, life-threatening consequences for health.

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And eating too much protein can increase health risks.

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Protein supplements may also contain questionable ingredients.

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Fortunately, there isn’t as much to worry about with casein and egg supplements.

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Animal protein is an even bigger danger.

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That could be a good thing if the protein in question has, for instance, a protective effect against exposure to dangerous chemi‐cals.

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However, single amino acids in large doses can cause amino acid imbalances, and the margins of safety are unknown.

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Though we know that most anything in excess can be harmful, be it aspirin or alcohol, sex, food or sunshine, we rarely apply this understanding to our protein consumption.

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The additional protein afforded by the built-in safety factor is not a problem, per se, except that overconsumption of protein can lead to health problems, which will be discussed later in this chapter.

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  • @theUSER101 Funny you say that. I take the Wellness Formula, and I swear by it. I take it on the onset of any illness and it stops it cold. I would like to see these studies you are referring to, as you’re making some pretty bold claims. Though wholefood vitamins are the same molecules, they are protein bonded which provides better absorption. These nutrients occur naturally in raw whole foods together as they were intended to be absorbed synergistically.

  • Adequate amounts of amino acids? What about a person that works out regularly. Andi mean weight lifting. To build lots of muscle, you need lots of protein.

  • Supplimental protein powder or whey protein isolate is safe if you are creating a condition in you body where it is needed. Amino acids are good too. If you aren’t exercising regularly, a healthy person doesn’t need it. But active people, like body builders need it to get the protein necessary to build muscle without taking in too many calories and getting fat. Soy isolate is estrogenic, as are some dairy products like some brands of milk. Chicken is a great source, but may contain hormones as well. Beef too. Canned tuna contains mercury. Many foods contain heavy medals but contain too little protein to get the adequate amounts for muscle growth for a 200 plus pound man like myself without over shooting daily caloric intake. Just get a quality product and eat as organic as you can. I think a lot of foods out there may be worse than the protein powders.

  • How do the levels compare to other common foods? Where is the data and why wasn’t this peer reviewed? Metals are naturally occurring and its the actual level of each above scientifically determined thresholds that matters. Lack of transparency is a red flag.

  • I can testify to this. I was taking in 300 grams of total protein a day. Including 3 shakes. Plus pro hormones. They did mess me up in a few year period. I am now cleaning out my entire system and not touching protein, except natural. Experiencing better results too.

  • I still remember that stupid person I met at university. I actually just wanted to have a meal with him and some other people from our seminar, and he kept talking about eating meat, and how what I was eating wasn’t good, and blah. It was impossible to have a reasonable conversation with him about anything ELSE…. He told me that he was eating a joghurt in the morning now, to LOWER his cholesterol!
    There are so many extremly dumb people at university.

  • You are right. even i was very sad since i workout well for abs but nothing was coming. And one of my friend working in fitness field suggested me this 7 secret food items to kill our jelly belly. have a look here

  • Carbohidrates,sugar and grains cause more cardiovascular problems,also plants contain oxalates and fruit contains sugar but yeah…….

  • @friskystapler yea thats what i meant. if these people are to be held accountable then supermarket owners should be too. and we all know thats retarded

  • @pxlmzwx yes i mean it. even i was very sad since i workout well for abs but nothing was coming. btw!but ye The surprising part is my friend who is not doing much excercises, maintaining his six pack with this secret food items. get to know here:

  • All this talk about “too much” is obviously bad for you because that’s what too much by definition means but no one seems to know how much is too much

  • Excellent work. I’m a family doctor, I just read The China Study
    I’m going 100% #WFPB
    Keep up the fantastic work. I’m using your vids for my patients

  • What s wrong with the food industry in America…seriously. Since when does the fda approve Mercury lead and arsenic in your plate. The best part is that it retails in the health corner, good sense of humor… But shhhh it makes money…

  • The analogies weren’t the best, but it’s good that you’re spreading the message that there’s nothing wrong with cooking protein powder. Anyone that wants to learn more should just look up protein structure and the difference between primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure and the effect of denaturation. Another interesting thing to look up would be pyrolysis reactions, which only tend to occur with proteins in direct contact with the heat source and in the absence of water during cooking.

  • Mic or anyone, here’s a problem: Chronometer, which is referred to often as a way to evaluate your diet, suggests that I, for example, get 112 grams of protein a day! That’s 72 grams more than the Okinawans. Why????

  • wow, those sales people weren’t doing anything wrong. They don’t deserve to be put on candid camera and criticized for telling you protein is safe. It’s a macronutrient, it’s not dangerous

  • Anything in excess is going to hurt you…. Too much animal protein… Cause gout or heart attack etc. Too much sugar, saturated fats… Too much caffeine, etc…. Bad air quality, lack of fiber or lack of exercise… Too much alcohol, smoking, too much stress….

  • Thanks for the info Navid. I’m new to his channel; don’t know much about Sean, as there’s no bio or anything other than the supplement website. I guess I used the word “opinion” because there are no reference links posted (I like those), & as I said, those I found were pretty much split 50/50 on the subject. Although when it comes to nutrition, that’s often the norm. Again, not a super important subject, but if we spend good $ on whey powders, I wouldn’t want to waste it by cooking with it.

  • Good to know, but when will we get videos for rubik’s cube or electrical cord recipes? I hear they are packed with protein just waiting to be denatured!

  • wow that what you said is so so so spot on protein can be a killer if you take to much like sugar and salt as we need them too but very small amounts,

  • That got chicks spray tan is probably unhealthy to. Should look into what goes into that and what you end up breathing in from it. Glad she gave us the info

  • @theUSER101 speaking of which…shouldn’t you be digging out one of these studies that backs up everything you’re talking about? still waiting…

  • I’m from Papua New Guinea and as far as i know my people don’t eat human brain to commemorate the dead. And neither are we cannibals. That’s the kind of misconception that has ruined the name of our country. I am not refuting what is said in this video because if it is medically backed up then its fine. But, as far as i know we’ve never had to eat anyone’s brain. We maybe a developing country but we certainly are not brain eaters.

  • Like he does with all his videos. This guy is flip flopping between facts and data that he has cherry picked to confirm his bias towards a vegan diet. He is completely ignoring the associated data that balances the facts he has chosen.

    Get real Mic. Before you do any more videos PLEEESE go off and do a course on statistical analysis of data

    Anyway, Lets get a few thing straight Mic.
    Animal products MAY cause stroke and cardiovascular disease. But Strokes and cardiovascular disease have other very common causes as well. To put all those high numbers of deaths down to eating animal protein is WRONG, and in this case is also being dishonest..
    Causes of cardiovascular disease (not in order of importance) over-consumption of meat (there, I said it Mic, but the emphasis is on over-consumption, not the meat itself) Poor diet (mainly sugars and fats) smoking lack of exercise alcohol consumption stress family genetic history and the biggest factor of all, AGE!
    The average age for a first heart attack is 65. That means there are as many heart attacks from the last couple of decades of life as there are in the previous 6-7 decades. Only 4 10 percent of cardiovascular disease occurs under the age of 45.

    We all die of something Mic. After 70 our body has had its day, and even vegans are going to die within the next two or three decades. Organs wearing out is entirely natural and is the fate of the majority of us.

    Putting all these causes and age brackets into the equation and you have very different statistics for death by cardiovascular disease, (the same applies to strokes and cancer. To hang these deaths as eating animal protein as being the main cause is wrong, poor science, and as I said before, dishonest.

    To attempt to use information like this to persuade people to change their diet to a vegan diet is immoral.

    To say that The western world is obsessed with protein, is just ridiculous. Humans all over the globe eat animal protein as a NORMAL and natural part of their diet. There are no vegan cultures anywhere on the globe, and never have been.

    The majority of meat eating humans in the world are going to live full and healthy lives.

  • “Don’t eat other people’s brains” Uhh, did you forget about Mad Cow Disease/BSE? It’s the reason your beef is still banned in the USA. I’d say “don’t eat any brains or any cannibalistic animal.”

  • While cooking natural protein powder is perfectly good, a lot of flavored protein powders contain artificial sweeteners that become toxic at high temperatures and should not be used for cooking. If you want to cook with protein powder, I advise to buy natural whey and not use normal flavored whey.

  • the purpose of protein drinks is to avoid unwanted extra things like fats… if u eat high protein food, u can’t also avoid ingesting unwanted fats & sodium…

  • I tried this product and it had absolutely great effect
    Comment on my post if you also are benefited with this product.

  • thank you so much for sharing this! lot of my clients ask me about this and this video explains it all I will share it! thanks again


  • Mic, thanks for the videos you create. I’m a woman dealing with infertility and every doctor out there from the OBGYN to the reproductive endocrinologist recommends the ideal fertility diet to be one high in animal protein. Some even have studies on this type of diet (Linking website with podcast interview: ). Would you consider making an episode around veganism and fertility? It starts to make me question, Do I need to eat high protein to conceive? Obviously I don’t ever want to go back to eating meat, but when so many of the experts are saying it’s necessary to conceive, what do you do?

  • Excellent Video clip! Excuse me for butting in, I am interested in your thoughts. Have you thought about Yenabriel Deadlift Smasher (probably on Google)? It is an awesome one off product for discovering a secret to skyrocketed your deadlift without the headache. Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my mate after many years got cool results with it.

  • Does Cooking Protein Powder Destroy or Denature it? I’m having a ton of fun editing these videos! Are you guys liking them? What questions would you like to see me answerl?  #proteinpowder   #cookingprotein   #denature

  • Exactly Listen if you OVERDOSE if you take EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS also daily recommended amounts are good for your hair because your hair is made from dead cells and protein also it helps prevent certain cancers and fight certain cancers also helps with plaq and much more look it up on the doctors pages

  • When I found out we start losing collagen in our mid 20’s, that’s what got me to take collagen seriously. Every single day. I often see collagen (powder, liquid) as a vitamin or medicine I have to take every day so that I don’t have to take it on and off like before.

  • 1:38 people who drink protein suppliments and have those listed problems all have 1 thing in common. NOT ENOUGH WATER!
    before anyone even thinks about buying a protein shake of any type they should be drinking more than enough water already, thats far more important than protein and another thing these drinks dont pack on muscle, they are only useful if you can get a well balanced meal because for example your not going to get home in time for a meal, a balance meal is1 million times better!

  • This is true I took a protein powder don’t want to mention the name after 5 days that powder finished I started feeling tomuch gas pain and bloating now I got constipation and diarrhea. Abdominal pain.Pls don’t take protien supplements.

  • the first time a took protein drink i got a rash it was killing me in my upper body area… i culdnt do anything my body was read in the chest and stomach area. i took it a week later becuz i wanted to see if it was from the protein drink.. i got a the measles these big thick red spots were all over my body it itched and hurt really bad i culdnt sleep at night…

  • The FDA needs to regulate all supplements now. This is like taking illicit heroin off of the street. You don’t know what you are consuming.

  • “The money power preys upon the nation in time of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me, and causes me to tremble for the safety of our country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the republic is destroyed. “
    -Abraham Lincoln

  • I have been using bulletproof collagen for three months and I’ve noticed that my fingernails have gotten paperthin and splitting I wonder if that has something to do with what is going on physically or is this a coincidence any ideas

  • Kudos for the Video! Apologies for chiming in, I am interested in your initial thoughts. Have you thought about Chireetler Immediate Muscle Rule (Sure I saw it on Google)? It is a smashing one off guide for learning some fast muscle building techniques without the headache. Ive heard some great things about it and my buddy at last got excellent results with it.

  • I tried this product and it had absolutely great effect
    Comment on my post if you also are benefited with this product.

  • I want to take some protein powder cookie dough and make a Protein Chef cookie and eat it. Yum…….:-D  Okay, that was a bit Hannibal. I’m still going to do it next time I make cookies!  Yay!   I’ll make an amigo cookie too.

  • Everything that Sean said in this video is scientific fact, not opinion based. I studied Cell Biology and Health Sciences in University and I can tell you that Sean’s one of the few people in this industry who actually has a very thorough understanding of this stuff. Nonetheless, it’s always important to research things for yourself instead of just believing someone in a video, but always make sure to look up facts…not opinions! Thanks for another informative video Sean!

  • The problem is that the whole milk and eggs are very high in cholesterol. Protein drinks give you the protein without the high animal fat.

  • I know the last part is a joke, but sadly it’s true. Any food that you eat that is part of the central nervous system can have prions. I want to eat brain though, the taste is so unique.

  • What a joke. If you are serious about gaining muscle you need a protein supplement. It would be extremely difficult to get the 1-1.5 grams of protien per pound of your weight by just eating foods throughout the day. The media loves to sensationalize and throw up red flags. I’ll take the “dangers” of my 2 shakes a day as opposed to the people who down 2 Liters of soda daily, partially hydrogenated oils and trans fat.

  • An infection that causes my IQ to drop drastically, difficulty to speak, hard to walk properly and some urge to eat brains?
    I wonder… Where have I heard of this before? ಠಿ_ಠ

  • @theUSER101 I’m sorry, you’re wrong. Homeopathic products are actually allowed to make claims while supplements are not. If supplements do make claims, they are required to have the FDA disclaimer. Salespeople are required by DSHEA to follow certain guidelines while selling. Most supplements are not placebos. You see, studies done on fake products, won’t have effects, because they aren’t real. there are plenty of respected companies that make quality nutritional supplements.