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How can retailers know if plant protein powders are safe from heavy metals?How can retailers know if plant protein powders are safe from heavy metals?

Plants naturally uptake soil components from nutrients to heavy metals. How can you be sure the protein you're stocking is clean as can be?

Todd Runestad

March 22, 2018

A recent hullabaloo asserted that animal-sourced protein powders were cleaner than protein derived from plant sources. There's no controversy around the idea that plants uptake all manner of compounds from the soil, from nutrients to—yes—heavy metals. But just because heavy metals like lead and cadmium are detected, does that mean that they are anywhere close to being unsafe to consume? And more to the point, what can retailers do to make sure the protein powders they stock are as clean as can be? We spoke with Yolanda Fenton, product formulator for Natural Factors, for some answers. 

About the Author(s)

Todd Runestad

Content Director, NaturalProductsInsider.com, Sr. Supplements Editor, Natural Products Insider

I've been writing on nutrition science news since 1997. I'm The content director for NaturalProductsInsidercom and digital magazines. Other incarnations: supplements editor for newhope.com, Delicious Living and Natural Foods Merchandiser. Former editor-in-chief of Functional Ingredients magazine and still cover raw material innovations and ingredient science.

Connect with me here https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddrunestad/

My daily vitamin regime includes a morning smoothie with a range of powders including protein, collagen and spirulina; a quality multi, B complex, C with bioflavonoids, >2,000IU vitamin D, E, magnesium, high-selenium yeast, PQQ, choline, alpha-lipoic acid with carnitine, coQ10, fish oil concentrate, probiotics and some adaptogenic herbs. 

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