When Mike Adams (also known as The Health Ranger) lab tested protein powders, he was shocked to find high levels of tungsten, lead, and cadmium in the samples. More shocking, however, was the fact that some of these metals were found in Garden of Life products and many other popular health food manufacturers. Only one type of protein powder tested clean of contaminants – hemp.
Hemp, or industrial cannabis (not psychoactive cannabis, mind you) , is used for everything from fiber and cloth, to high nutrition oil and seeds, animal fodder, and agroplastics. The plant uses few resources, is exceptionally hardy, and requires no pesticides whatsoever in crop management. That resiliency is the main reason why hemp protein is the safest to use – it’s not sprayed with pesticides.
When questioned by Dr. Oz about this issue, Adams said that protein powder ingredients that are grown in the USA tend to be safer; although hemp is grown largely overseas and in Canada, the fact that it is non-GMO and unsprayed makes it the safest plant-based protein source to use (rice protein, sourced from Asian countries like China, had the highest levels of toxic contamination).
For those who cannot tolerate wheat or whey-based protein and have used rice-based proteins in the past, switching to hemp protein powders has great benefit. Hemp is high in protein (5 grams per tablespoon) as well as omega-3 and other essential fatty acids, so including it into your health regimen is an excellent idea. Nutiva makes a tasty organic protein powder that you can substitute for your current (and possibly contaminated) protein powder, but any hemp powder would be a better choice than rice-based protein.
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