Contamination in Some Vegan Proteins and What to Choose Instead

Mon, 22 Oct 2018

Recently there has been a lot of news with regards to certain brands of vegan protein powders found with high levels of toxicants including lead, arsenic, and cadmium in laboratory tests. Also making its rounds are articles claiming you shouldn’t be too worried about vegan protein powder contaminants, but we think otherwise.

There are genuine issues with specific types of plant proteins containing excessive levels of heavy metals and chemical compounds.

Being ‘certified organic’ does not exclude plant proteins from the issues because the sources of the contamination often come from unregulated areas such as soil, air and the manufacturing process. These are not linked to the regulated method of production or whether or not pesticides or artificial fertilizers are used.

Most of the contaminant concerns are due to the source of plant proteins. When grown in certain countries/ regions it has been tested time and again soil contamination is high and where the water used in processing is often contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium and lead. Even organic, all-natural vegan protein brands may produce contaminated protein powders due to the location of the agricultural plots.

The Nuzest range exclusively uses pea protein sourced from Europe. The soil, air and water quality of Northern France are regarded to be very safe for growing, and the process used for isolation is completely free of chemicals. Consumers can feel confident they are selecting a safe vegan protein, rather than fear that they are ingesting a protein powder tainted with contaminants.

Nuzest boasts a 90% pure protein from sustainably farmed and sourced peas in northern France.

The soil that Nuzest Clean Lean Protein is grown in does not have high natural contents of heavy metals. Nor has the environment (air, water, soil) been contaminated in any other way. The French farmers who grow the peas do this exclusively for Nuzest vegan protein. They are committed to sustainable production methods that minimize any use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers. What’s more, from an environmental and water usage perspective, peas are among the most sustainable crops that can be grown.

Extraction Process

The extraction system used to remove the protein from the peas is also entirely water based, with absolutely no solvents or other chemicals being used, further reducing chances of contamination.

Waste is converted to biofuel or animal feed and all water used is purified and recycled. The effectiveness of this extraction process means Clean Lean Protein is lectin free. Lectins can occur in high amounts in peas and other legumes.

They are naturally occurring compounds that act as a natural pesticide in the plant to reduce damage by insects. In people, over-exposure to lectins has the ability to damage the delicate intestinal wall, promoting inflammation and leaky gut.

Regular Testing

From a consumer health point of view, the most important thing is the testing of the finished product. Nuzest protein and supplement products are tested quarterly for heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and other contaminants, including arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead. Finished products are guaranteed safe.

When Nuzest says #NoBadStuff or no nasties – They mean it!

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