(NaturalNews) On the heels of Natural News spearheading the issue of toxic heavy metals contamination of rice protein products -- and the Doctor Oz Show giving it global attention -- almost every protein manufacturer in the industry is rapidly reformulating to produce cleaner, ultra-low-heavy-metals products.
This alone is an astonishing fact, and it speaks to the power of grassroots activism and the entire Natural News community of supporters and fans. Together, we have literally caused massive, positive change across the protein industry. This never would have happened without Natural News fans and grassroots supporters.
Now we're seeing the first wave of new, super clean formulations just now getting launched. It's exciting! Imagine great-tasting protein without the toxicity of heavy metals. Some of these new proteins slash lead levels down to 1/20th the levels of present-day rice protein!
That's what's headed your way right now, across the entire industry. Every rice protein manufacturer knows the Natural News Forensic Food Lab has changed the game forever and heavy metals can no longer be kept secret in protein products. As blogger Jefferey Jaxon recently wrote on his website, "The Natural News food lab is essentially the death blow to the centralized food industry. Many more will soon join this revolution that has been kicked off by Mike Adams [and] The Food Babe..."
Boku Superfood launches super low-metals Sacha Inchi protein
The first newly formulated protein to hit the market was just launched two days ago by Boku Superfood, creators of high-end, nutrient-dense superfoods, proteins and holistic energy supplements.
This protein is based on Sacha Inchi, a rainforest tree nut that's naturally very high in omega-3 fatty acids. The protein of sacha inchi is incredibly clean in terms of heavy metals, too. I was sent a batch of this a week ago -- many different protein companies have been sending me samples to test -- and I ran it through the ICP-MS atomic spectroscopy instrumentation at my lab. The results were astonishing:
Just .016 ppm lead! That's astonishingly low for a vegan protein. Most rice proteins I've tested run from .300 - .500 ppm lead. Normally I don't see levels of lead this low unless we're talking about whey protein.
Just as importantly, this protein tastes really rich and delicious! It definitely has a nut-like flavor profile, and it blends really well with fruit smoothies, chocolate smoothies or even simple superfood powders that you might shake up in a Blender Bottle.
Sacha Inchi protein costs more as a raw material than rice protein, so don't expect to find this on the cheap. But the fact that you can eat this to get a very high quality protein with super low heavy metals is worth it, if you ask me.
Boku Super Protein in the Buff has about 20 times less lead than what I've been finding in many organic rice protein products. And in terms of cadmium, Boku's product is about 15 times less cadmium than what I'm finding in rice protein.
Oh, and on the issue of tungsten, there's even more good news: Boku Super Protein in the Buff contains ZERO tungsten (less than 1 part per billion, technically speaking).
Enerhealth Botanicals to launch new, low-metals protein powder
I've also received word that Enerhealth Botanicals will be launching a new low-metals protein powder as early as next month. Their upcoming, breakthrough protein product is made from the following ingredients:
I haven't yet run their protein in my own lab, but the founder of Enerhealth Botanicals sent me their third-party lab results which claim a lead concentration of .059 ppm (which is pretty good!). Cadmium levels were near-zero in their lab report.
Once I get my hands on this material, I'll test it myself and report what we find. (I'm at the point where I don't trust any third-party labs, and I only trust numbers that I run myself, believe it or not.)
Although these aren't new formulations, I also need to give a shout out to a few other vegan proteins available right now which are really clean in terms of heavy metals:
RAW POWER! Organic Protein is made from hemp protein, brazil nut protein and maca powder. This is a really nice formula that has a nice, nutty taste. The only downside is that it has a bit more grit than some other proteins.
Nutiva Hemp Protein consistently tests really clean in terms of heavy metals. The same is true of hemp proteins from Ruth's Hemp Foods, a Canadian company with a real passion for clean food.
Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder from Sprout Living is also super clean in terms of very low heavy metals. It's also quite delicious, and I think we'll see a lot more use of pumpkin seed protein powder in the years ahead.
VEGA proteins are already very clean in terms of heavy metals, and they're really gaining ground with a lot of customers for their quality control of raw materials.
Many other companies are also reformulating right now
I can't name the company names yet, but virtually ALL the big manufacturers of rice protein are reformulating their products to meet the low heavy metals standards generally described as rating "A" at www.LowHeavyMetalsVerified.org
Most rice protein companies are aiming to be below .250 ppm lead, and I'm extremely confident this goal is going to be met by nearly all the companies sometime this year.
Some companies are aiming to get their lead below .100 ppm lead, but that's very difficult to do with rice protein alone. Typically this can only be accomplished with protein blends that include hemp protein and pea protein in the mix.
To achieve a protein below .050 ppm lead requires shifting to hemp, whey or nut proteins, typically. And to achieve lead below .025 ppm is extremely difficult and somewhat rare in a vegan protein.
That's why the Boku Super Protein in the Buff is so impressive: it's one of the few vegan proteins I've ever tested showing lead below .020 ppm.
Now, of course there is some variation in these numbers from lot to lot, and I'm always careful to say in my own testing that I can't speak for other lots (especially future lots which have not yet been manufactured). But the numbers I'm sharing are accurate for the lots I was able to attain.
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