Protein powders and shakes can boost an athlete’s intake of a vital building block for muscle growth and repair. But a new report from ConsumerLab.com is warning consumers that some supplements it tested in a recent study contain less of the good stuff – protein – and more bad ingredients such as cholesterol and carbohydrates than are listed on the label.
ConsumerLab tests health and nutrition products for its membership community. In a recent test of 17 protein powders and drinks, 70 percent of those tested were accurately labeled but five had problems ranging from lead contamination to high levels of carbs, cholesterol and calories.
“Some protein powders come with unwanted surprises,” Dr. Tod Cooperman, president of ConsumerLab, said in a company statement.