Recently, Consumer Reports tested 15 bodybuilding shakes to see if they contained unsafe levels of toxic substances. While some passed the test, others failed miserably. Before you go shopping for a protein supplement, familiarize yourself with the magazine's disturbing EAS Myoplex review.

What is it?

Experimental & Applied Sciences distributes nutritional and bodybuilding supplements, available in a variety of forms. One of its products, EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate Shake, is popular amongst bodybuilders, because it contains an astounding 42 grams of protein per serving.

Many health experts suggest that this amount of protein is unnecessary, because the human body is incapable of absorbing such a high concentration at any one time. Still, the product remains popular with weight lifters, who argue that their bodies require more amino acids to build and repair muscle tissue.

What Consumer Reports Found

Although there is disagreement between bodybuilders and health experts regarding actual protein needs; most everyone agrees that toxic substances do not belong in bodybuilding supplements. Unfortunately, according to the Consumer Reports EAS Myoplex review, the product contains excessive levels of at least two harmful substances.

According to the magazine's report, a day's worth of the Experimental & Applied Sciences Original Rich Dark Chocolate Shake contains an average of 16.9 mcg of arsenic, which exceeds USP limits. Additionally, the shake also contains 5.1 mcg of cadmium, which also exceeds USP limits. Incidentally, the magazine also found similar problems with Muscle Milk and several other meal replacement products.

A Health Concern

According to health professionals, although high levels of arsenic may be cause for concern, the presence of cadmium is especially problematic. Even relatively small amounts can remain in the body for years and cause a host of health conditions, including damage to the immune system, psychological disorders and possible cancer development and/or DNA damage.

What Consumers Should Know

Unfortunately, the United States government does not regulate the supplement industry, leaving consumers alone to assess the potential health risks associated with certain products. If you're interested in increasing your protein intake, you may want to consume natural foods, such as egg whites, baked chicken and other lean meats. If you do decide to purchase a supplement, take the time to research the product online or call the manufacturer to get details on how it promotes quality control.