This past year, I’ve done a few articles about protein powders, a few of the more popular ones being
- Everything You Want & Need To Know About Protein Powders
- How To Use Whey Protein For Maximum Muscle and Fat Loss
And I’ve gotten a ton of views, shares, likes, and of course, questions… which brings up today’s topic asked by a viewer:
Do protein powders cause cancer?
Well, the surprising answer is “yes”, they can and I’ll tell you about this in a minute.
However, let’s first qualify what is considered a protein powder?
Protein powders are powdered forms of protein that come from plants (soybeans, peas, rice, potatoes, or hemp), eggs, or milk (casein or whey protein). The powders may include other ingredients such as added sugars, artificial flavoring, thickeners, vitamins, and minerals.
These days, collagen and bone-broth protein are also very popular.
There’s even red meat protein powder as well.
I mention this because most people think it’s just “whey or milk” protein, but there are lots of other forms.
So, let’s continue with the cancer-causing protein powders.
Yes – Protein Powders Linked To Cancer
Earlier this year, a nonprofit group called the Clean Label Project released a report about toxins in protein powders. Researchers screened 134 products for 130 types of toxins and found that many protein powders contained heavy metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury), bisphenol-A (BPA, which is used to make plastic), pesticides, or other contaminants with links to cancer and other health conditions.
Some toxins were present in significant quantities. For example, one protein powder contained 25 times the allowed limit of BPA.
How could protein powder contain so many contaminants? The Clean Label Project points to manufacturing processes or the existence of toxins in the soil (absorbed by plants that are made into protein powders).
Not all of the protein powders that were tested contained elevated levels of toxins. You can see the results at the Clean Label Project’s website.
But I’m Still Having My Protein Powder
So at this point, you may be thinking about what you should do? Or, maybe, what do I personally do since you’ve seen me mention in my previous articles that I have protein powders.
First, I’m not too concerned with this study. It’s just one. If it was replicated many times by other companies, it would be something else.
Besides, there are always two sides to a story.
As with any kind of food – protein, fat, or carbs – the TYPE and SOURCE of the food are important.
Vegetables are healthy – but not if they’ve been genetically modified and have been sprayed with pesticides and other cancer-causing agents, correct?
Fish is healthy – if it’s wild-caught salmon for example. NOT farm-raised, soy-fed, fake tilapia.
Fat is very good for every cell in your body and it’s essential – but not if it’s fake, processed, and hydrogenated vegetable and seed oils such as soybean, canola, corn, and similar oils.
Is this making sense?
It’s All About The Source
Same with protein powders… What TYPE is it? Where is it sourced?
What you eat is important. But what IT ate is even MORE important.
The cheap, “weight gain” powders, that contain artificial sweeteners, sugars, and other junk are NOT good for you. They cause stomach problems… are bad for your gut health…. cause gas, bloating, acne, hair loss, and other forms of accelerated aging.
Here’s What I Take
Unfortunately, when I was younger – these junky protein powders are what I used, we didn’t have good stuff.
Then I started to use better quality powders – such as MetRx and EAS.
Later, I formulated my own because I wanted the best. I wanted better digestion. I didn’t want anything artificial or additives.
And same with these days, I still consume protein powders, but they’re custom made for ME and I’ll show you how you can do the same, for yourself.
And don’t worry, it’ll actually be cheaper. So, you’ll save money AND be healthier.
However, before I start – Most of your meals should consist of REAL, solid protein sources – animal or vegetable.
If you have 5-6 meals daily, maybe 1 or 2 of them would be a powdered source. Solid meals with real, healthy foods are always best.
My List Of Protein Powders
So with that said, here’s what I eat:
New Zealand, Grass-Fed Whey Protein – all grass-fed, pesticide-free, cold filtration, no antibiotics. New Zealand has better quality control there than they do in the US. I use this form of whey ONLY with my workouts.
Hemp Protein; non-GMO, organic, Soy-Free
I have this usually once daily or every other day, when I don’t feel like eating another animal-source protein.
Collagen – grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish
Honestly, I don’t have this much. I’m just not really convinced how well it works or not, but I just take it for improved skin and joints.
As you can see, it’s all healthy sources of protein. Three are vegetarian sources (rice, pea, and hemp) and one is animal – whey.
Unfortunately, almost all the whey, milk and even the vegetarian powders you buy, are not of high quality. They also consist of artificial sweeteners, added sugars (cane, syrups, etc.), additives, and so forth.
All of these things may lead to cancer eventually, but they for SURE are NOT good for your health.
So, make sure you read the labels.
If you eat from healthy sources of food, you won’t have to worry about heavy metals, hormones, toxins, and so forth.
And yes, I know good protein costs more – but you’ll pay the price later in life when you eat cheap junky foods.
Go for quality, not quantity.