Protein powder is something that no health-oriented person should spend their money on. Yes, it’s the most important nutrient and you should do all you can to take more of it on daily basis. However, we believe you should take it in its natural form and always pay attention to complete amino acids. The reason we say natural form is that protein powder is a dietary supplement, not by any chance – complete food. The food regulatory agencies in the USA and Europe leave it up to manufacturers to evaluate the safety and labelling of their products. This way, there’s no way to know if a protein powder includes what manufacturers say. And this is just the beginning. We’ll try to give you a short explanation of why you should save your money for real food and avoid supplements in most cases.
Toxins in protein powder?
A nonprofit group called the Clean Label Project published a report on toxins in various protein powders. Researchers screened 134 products for 130 types of toxins: What they found was just shocking! The team found that many protein powders contained heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury), bisphenol-A. basically the infamous BPA, a toxic element in plastic. The story gets even scarier! There are pesticides or other contaminants. Now, we know that they have a strong link to cancer and other modern diseases. Some of these toxins were present in large amounts. For example, one of those protein powders contained 25 times the allowed limit of BPA.
Greek Goes Keto “manifesto” on protein powder and generally industrial supplements
The process of creation, the story about food waste, all the additives that do more harm than help! Especially when they try to convince you that a plant-based protein is the best thing you can take! Well, we know that all plant proteins are not complete due to a lack of at least one essential amino acid. Furthermore, the vast majority of those products are have GMO origin and we never know what else. Even if the label says “clean”, organic and good-protein sources (such as eggs, whey or beef) you still have to think about the process of turning something into powder.
There are a lot of chemical and physical processes included and none of them is actually good for you! You can call us old-fashioned, but when it comes to protein powder, generally supplements and industrial products here’s what we think:
- 1. Protein powdersmain ingredients are food industry waste. For example, the third round of whey that the dairy industry used to make 3 types of cheese. There’s only about 5g of protein in 1 litre of whey. (BCAA production includes human hair, animal fur or feathers). They undergo a heavy chemical and physical laboratory process. Then there is spray-drying, bleaching, odour removal, preservation… -all this chemically!
- 2. Most commercial vitamins and minerals contain more additives, preservatives, fillers and taste enhancers than active substances (specific vitamins or minerals). Microcrystalline cellulose is the most common filler. It’s like powder paper. As you are trying to fix your deficiency, you are destroying your gut microbiome, and therefore your immune system suffers.
Our cells cannot stop the micro-nano particles from entering them, and once there, these particles, especially from cellulose from wood, which is what Microcrystalline Cellulose comes from, are not able to be absorbed, but float in and out of the cell membranes, and basically clog up tiny places in our bodies, bio-accumulating as we ingest more, and cause background inflammation to rise. Beware of ‘Cellulose’ as a filler in food products. If it comes from “A Vegetable Source” that is OK, if it does not specify, it means it came from, “Wood Pulp” Steer clear of any and all products that use Microcrystalline Cellulose whose source is not indicated.George Burdock Functional Ingredients
Advertising, cheating, bypassing natural paths…
- 3. The marketing is always agressive and promisses miracles. If it affects a specific deficiency, it costs like a monthly grocery bill. If you are not a top athlete that lives out of your performance, you can’t afford these types!
- 4. rotein powders bypass natural protein digestion. Yes, their goal is to cheat your body’s natural ways of absorption. To digest protein, digestion starts by chewing and releasing the required enzymes. The stomach is then using its natural acid to break down the protein. If you take it in liquid form, this process is not happening.
- 5. Quality food is expensive, but not even near as expensive as high-grade supplements. It also gives you the pleasure of creative cooking and healthy eating! Organic food has been around since the dawn of humankind. We have been eating real food for millennia and survived… We have been taking supplements for about 100 years. How did this work for us?
Environmental awareness myth
- 6. If they try to convince you that ancestral food production is polluting the planet, think again: Do you think a small farm pollutes more or is it the big industry producing GMO soy, cereals, artificial powders, artificial meat, and soon-to-start insect-based food? Where’s the logic?