07Jan / 2017
Say NO to Amino Spiking!
By: Ryan Stankovic @RStankovic86
“Chrome Supps takes pride in having ALL of their proteins Third Party Lab Tested.”
Unfortunately, we see this happen in ALL industries. Companies look for a quick and easy way to increase their bottom line, even if it includes decreasing the quality of their product or service. Recently in the supplement industry, a practice that is downright wrong, and in some cases illegal, has emerged. This concept is called “Amino Spiking.” If you have been around the health industry, you may have heard of this term/phrase, but may not fully understand what it is.
The negative context usually associated with “Amino Spiking” should be enough to spark your interest, especially since you could be potentially wasting your hard earned money. You can protect yourself by doing research, understanding labels, and talking to reputable individuals who are experts within the supplement industry.
What is Amino Spiking? Well, to answer this we need to know that manufacturers and distributors are responsible for evaluating the safety and labeling of the products they are producing. This means they have to run tests on the products to make claim to what is on the label. If we focus on protein supplements, the most common test used to gauge how much protein is in a supplement (i.e. grams per scoop), is the nitrogen test otherwise known as the Kjeldahl Method. Using a chemical process, labs test the nitrogen levels in their sample set, and then use a conversion matrix to determine how many grams of protein are displayed on the label. Now, there is a slight problem with this test, in which some supplement companies “trick” the lab results by adding certain amino acids such as glycine and taurine to the product to increase the nitrogen levels during testing. This results in an inaccurate reading of the amount of complete protein in the product that your body can use during protein synthesis.
You may be thinking, “Well aren’t amino acids good for muscle growth and prevention of muscle wasting?” Yes, certain Amino Acids are very beneficial and have a time and a place for their use. Unfortunately, the amino acids these companies are using to spike their protein supplements are of the lowest grade and have little to no effectiveness, hence why the ingredient is so cheap. Let’s put this into perspective: if you are taking one of these protein supplements that have been amino spiked, you think you are paying for X grams of protein and are relying on that to be true. However the reality of it is you would be getting significantly less useable complete protein. You should be getting what you pay for.
Chrome Supps takes pride in having ALL of their proteins Third Party Lab Tested, and they ALWAYS put quality and service over everything. This is one of the many reasons why I signed with them. They are a company who understands that your hard earned money should not be wasted. They do not play into the tricks that end up hurting the consumer just to make a few extra dollars. If you are looking for a trusted, tested, and tried protein supplement that is not amino spiked, give Chrome Whey and Chrome ISO-28 a try. These two protein supplements are made from the highest quality ingredients, and nowhere on the label will you find any of the amino acids used to spike protein powders.
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