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Heavy Metal Tests Conducted on Vegan Plant Proteins

Rice Protein: Heavy Metal Tests Conducted on Vegan Plant Proteins
Date: 13/02/2014 - Recently Natural News.com announced Heavy Metal test results for some popular Vegan plant proteins available in the USA. The results were pretty shocking with many of these natural vegan protein supplements testing high for levels of mercury, arsenic and lead. This mainly seems to affect rice proteins due to the pesticides involved in the production process however there were some pea and hemp proteins that were also tested at high levels.
Of importance to Endorphin Systems customers is that Plant Fusion protein tested high for Mercury and Aluminium levels. In 2011 the Plant Fusion formula was changed to remove the rice protein due to possible issues with heavy metal contamination, in particular Lead.

According to the manufacturers, Nutrafusion, PlantFusion is screened for all containments and heavy metals. When PlantFusion first came out the main protein source was derived from brown rice. in 2011 ConsumerLab.com tested a number of protein shakes for both label claim and contaminants. Interestingly the products that contained rice as a main ingredient tested very high for lead. Those results were posted online. A few weeks later, Consumer Reports the national household buyers guide ran their own report on popular protein shakes. They focused on more prominent national brands like EAS, Muscle Milk, and sports nutrition company BSN. While these products were made from whey protein and not rice, surprisingly they also tested very high for lead. Not as high as the rice proteins but way beyond what is generally acceptable. Lead is the leading contaminant responsible for heavy metal poisoning in children. In fact, the FDA actually established a standard for lead in childrens candy about six years ago at just .1ppm. Which is basically zero. And then there is a standard set under California’s Prop 65 legislation which is .5mcg per serving.

Nutrafusion separately tested all of the different ingredients contained in Plant Fusion and determined that if they removed the rice protein and replaced it with the quinoa and amaranth, they would have a formula that could potentially comply with the ultra-stringent Prop 65 and at the same time provide a better overall formula for customers. Interestingly they also tested many of the other plant based proteins at the time (2011) and lead content ranged anywhere from double our level (the lowest) to 1000% higher or more.

Due to the most recent Lab tests to come out in January 2014, 2 companies, Sunwarrior, and Garden Of Life have have agreed that all their protein products will achieve the following heavy metals limits no later than July 1, 2015 (and in reality, we will all very likely see these improvements much sooner due to the dedication of these companies to taking immediate action):

Agreed concentration limits in the final protein products:

Lead limit: 250 ppb
Tungsten limit: 50 ppb
Cadmium limit: 1000 ppb
Mercury limit: 50 ppb

These limits were mutually agreed upon by all three parties, and they represent the most progressive, innovative, self-imposed quality control limits that have ever been announced in the natural products industry.

To achieve these goals, Garden of Life has committed to visiting each farm site where their brown rice material is grown and testing the water feeding each site for possible environmental contaminants including lead, cadmium, tungsten and mercury. Sunwarrior has also committed to being actively involved in the monitoring and site certification effort.

To Learn more about this ground breaking news check out the NaturalNews.com website here >>>

To View the Results of the Lab Tests conducted on various Vegan Plant proteins check out Forensic Food Labs Website Here >>>