This blog is not about selling a cheap protein supplement, rather it is about warning you against them. There was a time when health supplements especially proteins were expensive or not easily accessible. But now the market is flooded with protein supplements ranging from rupees hundred to thousands. For all who wish to stay fit supplements have become a fundamental part for their fitness journey. In a way this is good but there is a dark side to it as well. Majority of supplements available in the market are filled with cheap ingredients and adulterants. A study was conducted by The Association Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in 2015 and it was observed that approx. 60-70% of dietary supplements sold across India were fake, unapproved or unregistered. The worst part is that these adulterated supplements are manufactured or furbished with such perfection that it becomes difficult to identify them.
People who are involved in trading of fake products grab empty branded jars from gyms, refill them with cheap quality proteins and other harmful additives like steroids, then sell them off at really astounding prices. Looking at such great deals, these supplements are purchased in bulk by customers, dealers and shopkeepers. Some of the harmful ingredients which might be present in your protein supplement are steroids, norvaline, heavy metals (mercury, arsenic, cadmium, lead, etc.), bisphenol-A, pesticides, aspartame sweetener, wood pulp, genetically modified foods, artificial growth hormones, added sugar, prohibited adulterants and addition of approved additives of more than the safe limit. Prolonged consumption of such supplements might have negative implications like liver and kidney damage, skin rashes, acne, infertility, gastrointestinal disturbances, accumulation of toxins, allergies, hair fall, cancer and other chronic diseases.
To conclude, there is no harm in opting for protein supplements to bridge the gap between food intake and daily needs. You might find a vendor selling protein supplements in Rs. 100 per kg but it won’t be less than giving an invitation to multiple health problems. You should never compromise on the quality just to save a few bucks. Determine your protein needs and choose accordingly. Read the ingredients carefully, check for the certifications and lab testings, also never purchase from an unauthorised seller. In case of any associated medical condition, always seek medical expert advice.