Momentous AbsoluteZero Veracruz Vanilla Grass Fed Whey Protein

Overall Product Rating

5 out of 5

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How We Measure This

At Clean Label Project, we believe that when it comes to industrial and environmental contaminants,…

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5 out of 5

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Product Purity

5 out of 5

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Product Value

4 out of 5

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Details

Clean Label Project was formed with the mission to serve as the catalyst to change the definition of food and consumer product safety in America. Clean Label Project believes that when it comes to environmental and industrial contaminants, less is better than more. Not only are the compounds potentially hazardous, knowledge on the long-term effects of exposure to these contaminants is concerning and still developing.

For more details on the rationale behind the product ratings, see the below breakdown on this product's analytical chemistry test results compared to the rest of the category.

Results Summary

Arsenic / Mercury
5 out of 5

Poor Rating..............Best Rating

Chemicals are part of our daily life. All living and inanimate matter is made up of chemicals and virtually every manufactured product involves the use of chemicals. Many chemicals can, when properly used, significantly contribute to the improvement of our quality of life, health and well-being. But other chemicals are highly hazardous and can negatively affect our health and environment when improperly managed. Heavy metal pollution and contamination can arise from many sources but often arises from metal purification processes, such as the smelting of copper and the preparation of nuclear fuels. The water run-off from these industries can result in contaminated soils.

Arsenic (1): Arsenic is a chemical element present in the environment from both natural and human sources, including erosion of arsenic-containing rocks, volcanic eruptions, contamination from mining and smelting ores, and previous or current use of arsenic-containing pesticides.

Arsenic may be present in many foods including grains, fruits, and vegetables where it is present due to absorption through the soil and water. While most crops don’t readily take up much arsenic from the ground, rice is different because it takes up arsenic from soil and water more readily than other grains.

Long-term exposure to high levels of arsenic is associated with higher rates of skin, bladder, and lung cancers, as well as heart disease. The FDA is currently examining these and other long-term effects.

It’s important to note that all arsenic is bad. However, Clean Label Project tested for total arsenic and did not speciate into arsenic types.

Mercury (2) : Mercury exists in various forms, and people are exposed to each in different ways. The most common way people in the U.S. are exposed to mercury is by eating fish containing methylmercury. Other exposures may result from using or breaking products containing mercury.

High exposure to inorganic mercury may result in damage to the gastrointestinal tract, the nervous system, and the kidneys.  Both inorganic and organic mercury are absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract and affect other systems through this route.

Symptoms of high exposures to inorganic mercury include:

·         skin rashes and dermatitis,

·         mood swings,

·         memory loss,

·         mental disturbances, and

·         muscle weakness.

It’s important to note that all mercury is bad. However, Clean Label Project tested for total mercury and did not speciate into mercury types.

 

1 https://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm280202.htm

2 https://www.epa.gov/mercury/health-effects-exposures-mercury#compounds

Cadmium / Lead
5 out of 5

Poor Rating..............Best Rating

Chemicals are part of our daily life. All living and inanimate matter is made up of chemicals and virtually every manufactured product involves the use of chemicals. Many chemicals can, when properly used, significantly contribute to the improvement of our quality of life, health and well-being. But other chemicals are highly hazardous and can negatively affect our health and environment when improperly managed. Heavy metal pollution and contamination can arise from many sources but often arises from metal purification processes, such as the smelting of copper and the preparation of nuclear fuels. The water run-off from these industries can result in contaminated soils.

Cadmium: 

Cadmium is an extremely toxic metal that results from iron or other types of ores being mined, processed, or smelted and the nuclear industry. Studies have shown that it can have adverse effects on the heart and digestive system.

Lead (1) :

Lead is a toxic substance present in our environment in small amounts. In the United States people may be exposed to lead when it is present in dust or dirt, drinking water, or food. Lead in soil can be deposited on or absorbed by plants, including plants grown for food.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for stricter regulations when it comes to lead levels. AAP says that the science shows that there is no safe level of blood lead concentration (2) linking it to lower IQ scores and academic performance, inattention, impulsivity, aggression and hyperactivity.

Residual Solvents / Pesticides
5 out of 5

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A final product is only as good as the sum of its parts. When it comes to food production, the quality and purity of the raw ingredients matters. In many cases, brands, knowingly or unknowingly, source ingredients from suppliers that may not have sufficient quality control/assurance program in place preventing the use of unacceptable chemicals (e.g. pesticides and residual solvents).

Pesticides (1): Pesticides are chemical compounds that are used to kill pests, including insects, rodents, fungi and unwanted plants (weeds). Pesticides are used in agriculture, to kill pests that damage crops. By their nature, pesticides are potentially toxic to other organisms, including humans and animals, and need to be used safely and sparingly to minimize contamination to food stuffs.

Residual Solvents (2):  In food processing, residual solvents, as the name suggests, is the remaining solvent that is present after doing some type for extraction. Residual solvents usually occur when the required processing and solvent-purging methods or steps are not properly utilized. For example, hexane is a petroleum by-product of gasoline refining and a common solvent used by conventional grain processors to extract oil from different grains such as corn, soy, and canola. Most soybeans are processed through a hexane bath to separate soybeans into oil, protein and fiber. Soybean processing releases this highly explosive, neurotoxic chemical into the environment where it reacts with other pollutants to create ozone, which is a serious human health and environmental hazard. While solvents can be important tools in the food manufacturing process, they should not be present in the final product.

 

1 http://www.who.int/topics/pesticides/en/

Mycotoxins / Melamine / Antibiotics /
BPA / BPS
5 out of 5

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During the food manufacturing process, naturally occurring but unwanted contaminants can be introduced into the finished product. Despite this, these contaminants are potentially hazardous to health and can be reduced or eliminated through stricter supplier and quality assurance programs. In essence, these chemicals are contaminants of carelessness.

Mycotoxins (1): A toxic substance that is created from molds growing on wheat, corn, nuts, and grains.

Melamine (2): Melamine is a chemical used in making plastics, adhesives and industrial coatings. In the U.S., melamine is used to manufacture plastic products, paper, paperboard and kitchenware, including bowls, plates, mugs and utensils, as well as other products.  Melamine is also the very same chemical found in tainted baby formula that killed six babies in China in 2008 and sickened thousands more.Melamine and its analogues have been used as a way to “trick” testing to reveal higher nitrogen content and therefore its apparent protein content.

Melamine alone causes bladder stones in animal tests. When combined with cyanuric acid, which may also be present in melamine powder, melamine can form crystals that can give rise to kidney stones.

Antibiotics (3) : The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a report on the rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs resulting from the overuse of antibiotics in livestock to preemptively treat illness and disease. The CDC referred to antibiotic resistance as the single biggest threat to public health and safety.Repeat low-level exposure to antibiotics can render them useless when an illness or infection occurs in a human that necessitates the use of an antibiotic. Clean Label Project tested for the presence of residual antibiotics in the food products.

BPA/BPS (4): Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol S (BPS) are industrial chemicals that are widely used in the production of plastics (used in food contact materials, such as baby bottles and food containers) and epoxy resins (used as protective linings for canned foods and beverages and as a coating on metal lids for glass jars and bottles). These uses result in consumer exposure to BPA via the diet. These chemicals have been linked to hormone disruption.

1 http://www.who.int/bulletin/archives/77(9)754.pdf

2 http://www.who.int/csr/media/faq/QAmelamine/en/

Ingredient Quality
5 out of 5

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Whether you use protein powder to bulk up or lose weight, everyone that drinks protein powder is looking to complement their already healthy lifestyle choices. Let’s be honest, you’re using protein powder because you want more protein. That’s why when looking at the Ingredient Quality for Protein Powder, we benchmarked the quantity of protein you get per serving. In other words, what products are giving you the most bang for your buck when comes to the actual protein content of each protein smoothie/shake you consume. A 5-star rating means that the product was among the best of top selling protein powders when it comes to actual protein per serving. A 1-star rating means that the actual protein is low in comparison to other top selling protein powders in the marketplace.

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