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EAS Myoplex and Cytosport Muscle Milk = arsenic, cadmium, lead poisoning?

3rd June 2010

Scary stuff from Consumer Reports where Myoplex had way too much arsenic and cadmium while Muscle Milk had way too much lead. Even ON (Optimum Nutrition) Gold Standard 100% whey which passed the test had some lead, some arsenic, and some cadmium. Not too much according to government standards but still isn’t anything too much?

Here is a link to the chart.

These are the ones that tested below dangerous levels. The ones with stars tested with below “dangerous” levels of everything:

BSN Core Series Lean Dessert Protein Shake, Chocolate Fudge Pudding
BSN Core Series Syntha-6 Ultra Chocolate
GNC PRO PErformance AMP Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 Chocolate
Jillian Michaels Natural Whey Protein Vanilla Cream Shake
MuscleTech Nitro-Tech Hardcore Pro-Series Vanilla
*Optimum Nutrition Platinum Hydro whey Velocity Vanilla
*Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Extreme Milk Chocolate
*Six Star Muscle Professional Strength Whey Protein French Vanilla
*Solgar Whey to Go Natural Vanilla Bean

Some people will be cutting down on shakes and most knew that real food was better anyway – now they just have numbers to prove it. “Food and Drug Administration research suggests that foods such as milk, yogurt, eggs, poultry, and red meats are generally good protein sources that seem to contain little or no cadmium, lead, arsenic, or mercury.”

I know what you’re thinking – the NSF said Muscle Milk was safe. And if you go to the NSF website, it states the following:

Muscle Milk Chocolate and Muscle Milk Vanilla Crème have been certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 173. The samples analyzed met the maximum acceptable limits of the standard based upon our validated test methods. NSF’s maximum limits for finished products are:

Arsenic (inorganic), 10 micrograms per day
Cadmium, 6 micrograms per day
Lead, 20 micrograms per day
Mercury, 20 micrograms per day

The maximum limits for them in dietary supplements proposed by the U.S. Pharmacopeia are: arsenic (inorganic), 15 micrograms (µg) per day; cadmium, 5 µg; lead, 10 µg; mercury, 15 µg.

So basically, the NSF is way more tolerant of lead than US Pharma. I prefer less lead myself….

And we should let them defend themselves I guess:

To our CytoSport Muscle Milk customers,

A recent Consumer Reports story raised questions about the trace levels of cadmium and lead found in popular protein shakes including CytoSport Muscle Milk Chocolate and Vanilla Crème powdered shakes. We want to assure you that there is no safety risk from the responsible use of CytoSport Muscle Milk protein shakes.

Consumer Reports testing was based on consumption of three shakes per day and the testing applied proposed U.S Pharmacopeia standards – not current, accepted or approved guidelines. Our recommended up to two servings of Muscle Milk daily, as stated on the label, is well below the current accepted standards and below the proposed U.S. Pharmacopeia limits.

Trace levels of these elements are naturally found in the environment and in many foods we eat daily (such as shellfish, potatoes, rice, and leafy greens). We conduct extensive testing to ensure the quality of our products. Each time the shakes have been tested for elements, such as cadmium and lead, the results are below the limit of all current, well-established safety standards.

You can continue to use Muscle Milk shakes with confidence.

7 Responses to “EAS Myoplex and Cytosport Muscle Milk = arsenic, cadmium, lead poisoning?”

  1. Anthony S Says:

    I am a doctor and have been drinking muscel milk for 5 years. I was absolutely floored to hear about this on Fox News. What is the source of these heavy metals? Is the product being processed in metallic vats?

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    get the lead and cadmium out or I will NEVER buy from you.

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  5. Private Says:

    FDA approved?

  6. JP Says:

    In response to the remark of, If it’s getting to the market, it’s good. That is so far from the truth in the health supplementation industry. There are product companies that sacrifice ingredient quality for extra profit. If the product company you buy your supplement products from does not have a system of quality regulation, exterior testing agencies, and a firm belief in the safety and quality of their products – you will get lower quality ingredients that can inadvertently lead to possible toxic contaminants. As always, this is only my opinion, but do the research yourself. If you’re paying for supplementation, pay for the best you can get.

  7. Robert Arthur Says:

    I drink Muscle Milk daily as part of my work out routine (I won’t be doing it any more!). How do you get the arsenic and other reported heavy metals out of your system?