No, this article is not about the music industry or even lifting weights. And although heavy metal can be
a good thing, depending on who you are and what you like, what we are talking about here are the toxic
metals that are showing up in laboratory analyses of food products and nutritional supplements.
The usual culprits that show up in testing are arsenic, mercury, lead and cadmium, but there are over
20 heavy metals to watch out for. Some are fairly common in our environment and are needed for good
health, but high doses of others can be detrimental. Here are a few of the negative side effects that can
occur from overconsumption of these heavy metals:
• A negative impact on mental function
• Damaged or reduced central nervous system function
• Low energy
• May lead to degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease
• Long term contact may lead to cancer
It is important to be aware of what we are consuming because of heavy metal toxins like these that are sneaking into
our bodies through our food supply. Several very common breakfast cereals, from corn flakes to granola
to rice, have been tested for these toxic heavy metals and the results can be shocking to consumers.
But breakfast cereals are not the only ones to undergo such scrutiny. Nutritional supplements, especially
protein powders, are failing the test as well. I saw one analysis of a very popular protein powder which
showed that it contained more lead than old paint!
Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity through food can come on very slowly, and oftentimes they are
mistaken as a problem resulting from something else. These symptoms can even subside, causing some
people to brush off the danger. Some of the most recognizable symptoms are:
• Impaired mental function (motor, brain and language skills)
• Difficulty learning
Detoxes can be done to help rid the body of these heavy metals, and of course switching to better food
choices is a great option as well. If you are concerned about the amounts of these heavy metals in your
foods, and you should be, it is very easy to find the data which shows just what’s in your product of
choice. With a little diligence, you may be unpleasantly surprised and that favorite cereal of yours may
no longer be on the shopping list.