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Toxic Levels of Heavy Metals Found in Rice Protein

Activist Mike Adams’ recent investigation found that rice protein imported from China had as much as 20 times the recommended limit for arsenic.

NutivaDoYouKnowProteinPowder_1-2-webSoil naturally contains elements that plants might absorb as they grow. Depending on many factors, including geographic region, the level of elements in soil varies. Unfortunately, heavy metals like lead, cadmium, tungsten, arsenic, and aluminum can be hazardous in large amounts or when consumed over time.
The USDA and FDA currently do not regulate the levels of heavy metals permitted in food or supplements. Only in the state of California is there legislation (Prop 65) that requires companies to label and measure risks associated with heavy metals. With these recent developments, the FDA is now considering whether a safety level should be set for arsenic in rice.

—> Watch Mike Adams, of Natural News reveal test results of popular rice protein brands on the Dr. Oz Show.

—> Learn more: Deborah Blum wrote about The Trouble With Rice in the New York Times.

Do You Use a Protein Powder or Shake?

Protein is necessary to build, maintain and repair muscle. Many people look to protein powders or shakes as a convenient source of vital nutrients. The main types of protein powders and shakes are: whey, casein, soy, rice and hemp.

Whey and Casein are derived from milk and they provide a “complete protein,” meaning they contain all essential amino acids. They are not suitable for vegans or anyone with lactose intolerance.

Soy consumption affects hormone balance and is therefore not acceptable for anyone with thyroid disease or a predisposition to thyroid dysfunction. The majority of soy is also genetically engineered, which poses other potential health risks.

Rice is not a complete protein because it lacks one of the essential amino acids. Recent findings suggest that there are alarming levels of heavy metals in rice.

Hemp is a complete protein that is high in fiber, rich in essential fatty acids and easy to digest. Hemp is also extremely sustainable to grow.

Nutiva Organic Hemp – A Perfect Protein

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein is grown in Canada and as Mike Adams details in his report, hemp protein tests very low for heavy metals. Hemp is also a perfect protein! It contains all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential as well as the ideal ratio of essential fatty acids (omega-3 & omega-6). Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein is vegan, made from raw hempseeds and is certified organic and non-GMO. It’s a good source of dietary fiber and is never hexane processed, always chemical free, and non-irradiated. Even better, hemp is very easy to digest. Because it contains 66% edestin, a bioactive globulin protein, hemp is suitable even for the most sensitive stomachs. Hemp is the world’s most sustainable plant. It has a quick growing cycle, requires less water than most crops, and replenishes the soil with nutrients and nitrogen. Hemp converts C02 to oxygen four times better than trees, and does not require pesticides or herbicides. For all these reasons, hemp protein is a sound environmental choice as well as the perfect addition to your morning smoothie.

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  1. I love Nutiva products …I use hemp a lot because as a vegan, I need enough protein. With beans, grains, quinoa, nuts, dark leafy greens, spirulina, nutritional yeast, give me enough. I eat high a out each day. I add Nutiva hemp oil to my salad, smoothies, and raw salads…with hemp heart. I eat my food whole….no more protein powder.

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Thanks for sharing, Jolice!

  2. Jim says:

    How come these Nutiva hemp products tested so high for lead?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Jim – At Nutiva we make every effort to exceed quality, food-safety, and USDA standards, including making it our business to meet the California Prop 65 standards. As the world’s leading certified-organic hemp brand, we source our hemp from dozens of Canada’s organic farmers, whose crops comprise more than ten thousand acres of Canadian farmland. In a polluted world, all food companies must be diligent about how ingredients are sourced. We reached a Prop 65 settlement that has very strict limits for trace heavy metals. For questions, please call Nutiva’s toll free line: 1-800-993-4367. Our customer service team can help answer any further questions.

  3. scarlett B says:

    Hi Nutiva, I love your hemp protein and I’m a plant-protein advocate. But I’m also a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and just want to clarify a few things on this post: 1) hemp is NOT a complete protein. It is low in lysine, an essential amino acid. Please see more info in this published scientific study here: The digestibility is also very low (probably due to the fiber content) which is not necessarily a bad thing. 2) Rice protein (like hemp) is also low in lysine, but it does not “lack” the amino acid. 3) Natural News is an entertainment-based website (it says so in small font at the bottom) and thus should be taken with a grain of salt..i.e. not followed for serious nutrition advice. If you have any questions, please email me, i’m happy to help.

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Thank you for your suggestions.

  4. hari says:

    Can you provide report of heavy metals tested levels?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Hari,
      There is some trace naturally occurring lead in the hemp protein powder. In recent laboratory testing Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein and Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Shakes tested for heavy metal (Lead) between 0.6 -0.8ug/serving. These results are slightly above the Prop 65 limit of 0.5ug/day and 12-13 times lower than FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations) and WHO (World Health Organization) standards. Because of these test results, we are required to label Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders and Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Shakes with the following statement: “WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
      The Nutiva Hemp Protein does not contain any added chemicals or preservatives. The levels for heavy metals are naturally derived from the soil in which our hemp seeds are produced.

  5. Josh says:

    If this product is safe why would I be warned that it may cause harm to me????? Prop 65

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Josh,
      The USDA and FDA currently do not regulate the levels of heavy metals permitted in food or supplements. Only in the state of California is there law (Proposition 65) that requires companies to label and measure risks associated with heavy metals. Nutiva hemp foods test very low for heavy metals and is well below the Proposition 65 requirements.Soil naturally contains elements that plants might uptake as they grow. Depending on many factors, including geographical region, the level of elements in soil varies. We do test our hemp products extensively, including for heavy metals and we are in compliance with Prop 65.

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