Heavy Metals get in My Food with Complete Organic Protein

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Complete Organic Protein Heavy metals are not new to the food-supply, believe it or not. Heavy metals are also known as “elements”–the same ones on the periodic table that you probably learned about in grade school.

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How Did H e avy M e t als g e t i n My F ood/ S uppleme n t? H ea v y metals are no t n ew to the f oo d- su p p ly, beli e ve it o r not. H e a vy m etals a r e al s o k n o wn as “ el em ents ” –the s a me o n es o n t h e p er i o d ic ta b l e that y o u p r o b a b ly l ear n ed a b o u t in gr ad e sc h o o l. These el e men t s (l i k e ca d m i u m, lead, arsenic, e t c.) a r e n atu r al c o m p o n ents o f the Earth’s cr u s t a n d ha v e existed o n there since the Earth’s f o r mat i o n . The W o r ld Health Or g a n i z at i o n and the A g en c y f o r T o xic S u b stances a n d Disea s e R e g istry b o th n o te that c erta i n g e o l o g ical p r o ces s es a n d / o r v o lca n ic a ct i vity can n atu r al l y incre a se the l e vel o f t h e se el e ments in s o il in certain a r eas w o rl d wide. T h is is c o n trary t o t h e b elief t h at he a vy m e tals o n t h e Ea r th’s s o il a r e s o le l y d u e to pol lu t i o n o r si t es o f i ndu strial act i v i ty. A N Y ve g etat i o n (be it fr u i ts , v e g eta b les, gr a i n s o r l eg u me s ) g r o wn d i re c tly in s o il o r su r r o und i n g bo d ies o f w ater, wi l l a b s o rb t h ese n atu r al l y - o c cu r ri n g m etals j u st as t h ey w o u ld o t h er n u trients li k e z i n c o r iron. (T h e s a me go e s t o t h e rice used t o ma k e o u r C o m p le t e Or g a n ic P r o t ein .) T h is affects bo th o r g a n ic a n d c o n v entio n al l y g r o wn cro p s. A d d it i o n al l y, ce r tain pl an ts l i ke t h o se g r o wn b e n eath t h e s o il (e. g . p o ta t o e s ) a n d lea f y gr e ens (e. g . lett u c e a n d spi n ac h ) t end to absorb m o re hea v y me t als than o the r s. If p la n ts g rown di r ec t l y in s o il are u sed to f e ed li v es t o ck ( c o w s, c h i c ke n s, etc.) t h en t h e m etals will l e ech i n to an i ma l-b ased f o o d o r a n imal -b ased p r o du cts a s wel l . In t h e o cean, sea f o o d like tu n a absor b s t h e mercu r y t h a t the o cean g e t s fr o m t h e Ea r th a n d sea a l g ae / vege t a b les will a b s o rb a n y he a vy m etals d irectly o n the s eabed o r o cean. Dri n ki n g wa t er o b ta i n ed fr o m nat u ral spr ing s c o u ld also c o n tain s o m e o f th e se h e a v y meta l s. In f act, a 2 01 1 st ud y in Ca l i f o r n ia fo un d 1 4 he a vy m etals i n six d if f ere n t s o u rces o f b o ttled n a tur a l sp r i n g w ater ( 1). A l l c o n centrat i o n s we r e w i th i n fe d eral a n d s t ate max i m u m c o n t a mi n a n t l e v e l s, e xc e p t for ar s en i c which ex c ee d ed Ca l ifor n ia pub l i c h e alth g o al le v els in all six s o u rces. The FDA and o ther hea l th a g encies r ec o gn i z e that f oo d ( e s pe c i a l l y pl an t -b a s ed ) i s a major s o u r ce o f h ea v y m etal ex p o su r e. In f act, e ve r y f ew yea r s t h e U S DA/ F DA t ests the m e tal / m i n eral c o n te n t o f hund reds o f f oo d s and fre s h pro du ce a n d pub l i sh th i s i n form a ti o n f o r p u b l i c vi e w i n g . For e xa m p l e, h e r e is s o me data f r o m 20 0 7 : M a x. Am oun ts o f Le a d , Ar s en i c , C a d m i u m f o un d i n c o mm on ly c on s u med F o od s ( 2 ) Lead A r senic Ca d mi u m S p i n ac h , fresh, boi l ed ( 1 80 g )1 cup 11.5 mcg 7.7 mcg 94.3 mcg C u cum b er, r aw ( 5 2 g ) ½ c u p 1.6 mcg 1.3 mcg 0.4 mcg Straw b erri e s, r a w ( 72 g ) ½ c u p 1.2 mcg 0.8 mcg 4.7 mcg Av o c a d o , r aw ( 7 5 g ) ½ c u p 3.0 mcg 2.8 mcg 8.0 mcg Col l ar d s, f r esh, b o i l ed ( 1 90 g ) 1 c u p 25.8 mcg 2.7 mcg 23.2 mcg As p ara g u s, fres h , b o i l ed ( 1 80 g ) 1 c u p 2.5 mcg – 25.0 mcg Iceberg l e tt u ce, raw ( 7 2 g ) 1 c u p 0.4 mcg 1.0 mcg 23.3 mcg Wh i te p o ta t o b a ked w/ sk i n (1 3 8 g ) 1 c u p 2.8 mcg 5.8 mcg 15.5 mcg

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S u r p ris ing ly, s o me o f the h i gh est c o n te n ts are f o un d i n some o f the m o st nu trit i o u s f oo d s. S o me o f these l e v els far ex c eed “ sa f ety l e v el s ” s e t f o rth b y fe d eral stan d ar d s. This g o es witho u t sayi n g , the m o re p la n t -b ased f o o d s y o u c o n s u me, the m o re h ea v y me t a ls y o u are p r o b a b ly ex p o s e d t o . S o w h y is t h is n o t a p u b lic h ea lth c on c e r n ?? To da t e, a gr o wing bo d y o f e v i d en c e h as i nd ica t ed th a t the b enefits o f c o n suming pl an t -b a s ed f o o d s FAR OU T WEIGH a n y c o n seq u ences attri b u ted t o h e avy me t als. C o n suming m e tals is i n e v i t a b le, a n d in s p i t e o f t h is v ega n s and veg e taria n s are known t o be s o me o f t h e h ea l th i est a n d lo ng es t - l i vi n g p o pu lat i o n s. Res e arch in d icat e s var i o u s fac t o rs af f ect the a b s o r p t i o n o f nat u ra l ly o cc u rr in g m etals and t h at t h e b o d y is a b le t o a ct as a n a t u ral filter t o these o ffen d i n g su b stanc e s! Broc c o l i , f r esh, b o i l ed ( 1 56 g ) 1 c u p 2.2 mcg – 4.7 mcg

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