As cynical as I was in my former career, I am generally a glass is half-full type of gal. I don’t automatically assume that either people or companies will cut so many corners that harm could result. Take food and nutritional supplements, for example. A friend brought an article to my attention that blew me away. Have you thought about whether your protein shake or bar is safe?
Consumer Reports reported on a study by the Clean Label Project (nonprofit that examines labeling safety). The study found that almost all of the 134 products tested (protein shakes and other nutritional supplements) contained detectable levels of at least one heavy metal or arsenic and 55% tested positive for BPA. I’ll post the link to the article at the end of this post.
As some of you know, I’ve started a new health and wellness program. As a part of that, I’ve replaced a couple of meals a day with either a nutritious protein shake or bar. Before starting, I researched the company and its products. Please friends, do this too. Your health is just too important to mess with.
The nutritional company that I chose to partner with has rejected over 30 truckloads of raw plant-based protein. Yes, TRUCK LOADS! They also third party test incoming raw materials via DNA fingerprinting, avoid synthetic chemical inputs (pesticides, herbicides and fungicides), and tests for heavy metals and microbes. All of this is above and beyond what is required by the USDA and Organic labeling requirements.
The finished product has been evaluated by independent third party testing to ensure that what’s on the label is actually in the product – nothing more and nothing less.
Unfortunately, some companies put profits ahead of safety. This article was a good reminder to take care in deciding what you may want to put in your body.
Find the Consumer Reports article here.