Years ago I used to drink a smoothie everyday consisting of banana, blueberries and a whey protein powder blend that I loved. I thought I was being healthy because after all, the claims promise ripped abs, sleek muscles, more energy and better athletic performance.
Sounded good to me.
I’ll just drink this protein shake everyday and I’ll be a healthy and hot super yogini, right?
Protein powders are highly processed, usually heated to the point that actually denatures the protein, which makes it nearly impossible for the body to recognize and use. The result is higher levels of acidity and toxicity in the body, which can lead to plenty of unwanted illnesses and diseases.
Protein powders are often filled with preservatives, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), allergens like dairy (whey protein isolate) and soy, and other synthetic toxins like aspartame, saccharin, and artificial flavors.
By the way, if you see “artificial flavors” on the back of any food or supplement label, just know that thousands of “secret” food chemicals can be hidden under this sneaky little label.
And in case all that wasn’t enough to get your attention, since protein powders are considered a “supplement,” they’re not even regulated by the FDA.
Consumer Reports conducted an eye-opening study a few years back revealing that several protein powders on the market contain dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals – specifically arsenic, cadmium, and lead.
The long of the short here is that there are way too many scary risks that far supersede the promised health claims of protein powders. The good news is you don’t have to rely on protein powders because you can get all the protein you need from eating real whole foods.
For the protein gram counters out there, just 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds will load you up with 14 grams of protein.
Hemp seeds are by far the cleanest complete protein available on the market today, containing all 9 essential amino acids. Plus, hemp seeds provide a great source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, helping to keep you fueled, regular, happy and healthy.
If you know someone using a questionable protein powder, please share this post. And now, I want to hear from you. Do you use protein powder? Have I convinced you to try an alternative? I want to know.
With love and hemp seeds,