An artificial sweetener. It has been linked to insulin resistance, high blood sugar, and obesity
These are compounds normally added to paper, dye, and other industrial items. Foods processed in high temperatures also produce acrylamide. Various international organizations consider acrylamide as a human carcinogen.
Aluminum can be found in various cosmetic products, notably deodorants. However, some food products also have aluminum such as processed cheese, baking soda, and cake mix. In food, aluminum is used to add to the overall appearance or texture. The problem is, if you take too much everyday, it builds up and can cause cancer.
Artificial flavors make candies and snacks taste great. However, they’re also not something you would want in a protein powder or pre workout given that companies are legally not forced to disclose the ingredients that make these artificial flavors. They may be laced with chemicals that could trigger allergic reactions and breathing problems especially for asthmatics. Most powders with a vast array of flavors make use of artificial flavors. Among them are protein powders and pre workouts.
Another artificial sweetener that’s been linked to insulin resistance.
Our products are all regulated and bare the NSF label. The NSF is a third party organization that regularly checks and monitors supplements for traces of over 300 banned substances in sport. Because of the label, we guarantee that each and every one of our products does not contain anything that can get an athlete banned.
These are medications given to people with breathing problems, especially asthma. They can also be used similar to steroids since they help increase muscle mass, reduce body fat significantly, and offers an unfair advantage to athletes due to dilation of bronchial passageways (they can breathe more efficiently). Too much can cause chest pains, arrhythmia, insomnia, and anxiety.
Modified starch chemically altered to function better during specific processing, especially to avoid product discoloration. It could trigger an allergic reaction, especially to those with asthma.
This type of vegetable oil is used on citrus-flavored drinks as an emulsifier. There are concerns that bromine might accumulate in fatty tissue in the body and cause harmful effects.
Functions primarily as a thickener and emulsifier, but also as a preservative. Some believe carrageenan can cause inflammation, digestive problems, and even colon cancer.
Like titanium dioxide, colorants are for aesthetic purposes only. They serve to make the flavors look more convincing. While they are prettier to look at, colorants aren’t necessary in powders.
We promote grass-fed whey protein because it has a better amino acid composition as well as pave the way for a more ethical way of raising cattle. Not to mention some corn feeds might be adulterated and could contain antibiotics and other substances not suitable for feeds.
These are ingredients normally used for weight loss or for bodybuilding competitors to get that “veiny” look. The problem with these is, they can also be used to prevent a positive drug test result.
A powerful stimulant used in the old days for weight loss purposes. It’s currently banned due to its adverse effects on blood pressure, heart rate, and the increase in risk of strokes. It’s currently banned, but some elusive and non-mainstream fat burners have this.
Eggs, while healthy on their own, can be a source of allergens. Some protein powders use eggs to add variety.
Also known as HGH or human growth hormones, these are substances that artificially prolongs youth from a cellular viewpoint. However, they have serious side effects related to nerves and joints and even abnormally high cholesterol levels.
Preservatives like butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are harmful for the liver and have been cited for their carcinogenic effects.
Also known as HFCS, this cheap sugar alternative was initially used to curb the growing demand on cane sugar. As such, HFCS has made its way into almost every food item that makes use of table sugar and supplements are no exceptions. While it is indeed cheaper, it’s also been linked to inflammation and an increased risk of fatty-liver disease. These can be found in cheap supplements that have sweetened flavors.
Maltodextrin’s purpose in the food industry is to simply improve processing efficiency or act as a flavor buffer. In supplements, companies can use maltodextrin to artificially bloat the product’s volume and weight, giving users the impression that they’re getting a big can or a large serving per scoop. Most pre workouts and protein powders make use of this.
Also known as MSG, monosodium glutamate is mainly used as a flavor enhancer, specifically when it comes to the food’s savory or meaty profiles. It was once thought to be only popular in Asian cooking, but it can now be found in a lot of processed foods in Western countries. The concerns regarding MSG range from being associated with obesity to being a contributing factor to headaches and depression.
A zero-calorie fat substitute used in high fat processed foods. Olestra inhibits the absorption of some vitamins and nutrients.
Preservatives found mostly in cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. Too much paraben, as with frequent use of makeup and lotion, has been linked to certain cancers.
Peanuts are also possible sources of allergens which is why we will not include them in our products.
Propylene glycol is used as a solvent for intravenous, oral, and topical pharmaceutical preparations It is generally considered safe. However in large doses it can be toxic, especially if given over a short period of time and could damage the kidneys and liver.
rBGH is a specific type of growth hormone used on cows to produce more milk. Drinking milk or taking a product produced by a cow injected with rBGH could lead to potential cancerous tumors in humans.
These are vegetable oils that contain high levels of trans fat, dubbed as the worst possible fat for health. It’s commonly used in processed food such as snacks and biscuits for its texture and preservative effects. However, high amounts can cause heart disease and chronic inflammation.
Saccharin is used as a sweetener in more than 100 countries. However, it’s also considered a carcinogenic due to bladder tumors found in rat studies.
An artificial preservative often used in processed foods like snacks and biscuits. It can take on a carcinogenic form once mixed with vitamin C.
Lecithin is used as a way to improve texture and flowability, especially in chocolate products. Lecithin on its own is harmless, but the source of lecithin matters. Soy-based lecithin, the most commonly used form of lecithin, isn’t as promoted anymore due to its possible hormonal effects.
Stearates like magnesium stearate help improve machine workability, specifically acting as a lubricator for flow. It improves product yield and reduces the likelihood of machine breakdown and lowers friction. While their use could be minimal, they may affect absorption of nutrients. Most powders make use of stearates and companies aren’t legally allowed to declare them if they’re only in trace amounts.
A popular artificial sweetener, this is much sweeter than regular sugar which allows companies to use only a portion of it to supply the same level of sweetness. It’s also zero calorie. The big problem with zero-calorie sweeteners like sucrose is it promotes unhealthy cravings due to its zero-calorie nature.
Sugars are only ever really used to sweeten a product. There are many other ways you can do to improve the taste without relying on sugar, which has been linked to an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Titanium dioxide is first and foremost a colorant, but often used just before the application of real colors. It’s white finish allows colors to look more vibrant. However, these are for aesthetic purposes only and have no real bearing on the benefits. It’s also been classified as a Class 2B carcinogen or a substance that poses a possible carcinogenic effect on humans. Supplements that appear too white could have titanium dioxide.