WHITE PLAINS, NY — APRIL 27, 2005 — ConsumerLab.com has released its latest report on the quality of nutrition powders, shakes and drinks. These products are used for general nutrition, dieting, and meal-replacement and are frequently used by athletes and bodybuilders. All products in the report met their claims for protein, carbohydrates, and fats. However, five protein powders exceeded their labeled amounts of sodium or cholesterol. One product, for example, contained an extra 143 mg of sodium per serving, 51% more than claimed, delivering a total of 423 mg — about 30% of suggested daily intake of sodium for adults.
"These products are particularly popular among active individuals whom, research shows, often need more protein," said Daniel Fabricant, Assistant Director of Research at ConsumerLab.com and an NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. "Before these products existed, getting more protein meant eating more animal products (meat, eggs, dairy) — increasing saturated fats and cholesterol in the diet, or combining large servings of incomplete proteins from legumes and grains — increasing carbohydrate and calorie intake. These products are often a better and more convenient alternative to boosting protein intake. Our new test results and information can help guide people through the range of choices now available."
Regarding the products that failed the testing, Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com noted that the additional amounts of sodium and cholesterol were, in themselves, not terribly large but that, "Most Americans need to limit their intakes of salt and cholesterol, not increase them." He pointed out that 95% of men and 75% of women in America already consume more sodium than recommended by the National Academy of Sciences.
The new report is available at www.consumerlab.com/results/nutdrinks.asp and provides results and comparisons for thirty-seven products — sixteen selected by ConsumerLab.com and twenty-one that passed ConsumerLab.com's ConsumerLab.com's Voluntary Certification Program. Included are products from Atkins Advantage, Body Fortress, Carb Watchers, Designer Whey Protein, EAS, GeniSoy, GNC, Herbalife, MET-Rx, Muscletech, Naturade, Nature's Plus, Nestle, Now, Nutrilite, ON (Optimum Nutrition), Puritan's Pride, Slim-Fast, Solgar, Trim Advantage, U.S. Nutrition, Vital Nutrients, Vitamin World, Worldwide Sports Nutrition, and Zone Perfect.
The report also provides information regarding nutritional requirements and the relative pros and cons of protein obtained from whey, casein, and soy.
Reviews of other popular types of supplements are also available at www.consumerlab.com www.consumerlab.com. Reviews soon to be released include omega- 3 & 6 fatty acids (ALA and GLA from black current, borage, evening primrose, and flaxseed oils), supplements used for menopause (including isoflavones, progesterone cream, and black cohosh), chromium, weight loss supplements (including CLA and bitter orange), and magnesium. The paperback ConsumerLab.com's Guide to Buying Vitamins and Supplements: What's Really in the Bottle? is available in bookstores, online from www.consumerlab.com or through 800-431-1579.
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