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.


  1. says

    THANK YOU!! for all the great information … the only protein supplements we use are from Nutiva … My daughter has been vegetarian for 9 years …she is now 23 and really enjoys the shakes…we use so many of your products I can not list them all here …I really appreciate the integrity of this company …. keep up the good work …. 🙂

  2. Josh says

    I use whey and casein protein and lIke the hemp idea. The problem I have is that the hemp protein powders taste terrible when compared to comparable whey products. The gritty organic flavor needs major improvement to be able to compete.

    • The Nutiva Team says

      Hi Josh, you make a very good point–some people think hemp protein powders are an acquired taste, but we love them because they’re so nutrient dense. Give our vanilla or chocolate hemp protein a try for more flavor variety.

  3. Carrie says

    I recently started using your product. It’s become an integral part of my morning. I follow a plant-based dietary lifestyle and your product has made a big difference in my energy level. I blend 3 tablespoons of hemp seed protein with a 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, a cup of organic raw greens, about 1/8 of an avocado, a few diced raw beets, add water and a little bit of honey for extra sweetness. It makes a perfect addition to my breakfast.

  4. says

    Nutiva hemp protein is the best for vegetarian bodybuilding! I take 3 tbsp every day of your 50% and have done so for the past 15 months with some great results.

    You guys just need to start shipping to CANADA already so I can buy direct!

    Thanks for making such a clean, natural and healthy product.

  5. Marcos Alvarez says

    I’ve been using Nutiva hemp protein shakes for almost a year. I’ve been buying it through Amazon but recently they cancelled my orders because of Prop 65. If it’s testing so low for heavy metals, is there another reason why they’re not allowing it to be shipped to California?

    • The Nutiva Team says

      Hi Marcos! All of our products are compliant with Prop 65, so we can’t think of any reason Amazon wouldn’t ship them to you. Can you provide us with more information so we can investigate this issue? Thanks so much!

  6. says

    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.

    • 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.

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