Unfortunately, recently some protein powders have appeared on the market, which were boosted with nitrates in order to have a higher protein content. Nitrate is very cheap and has a very high nitrogen content, thus adding nitrate to a protein is the most effective way to fake its protein content.Nitrate is easily accessible, since sodium nitrate is used as a fertilizer. Yes, a fertilizer!Nitrate in itself is not very dangerous, but when it degrades, highly toxic nitroso chemicals are created, which may cause hematological problems, acute poisoning, cancer and neurological disorders as well. Nitrate can be found in vegetables, but […]
Unfortunately, there have already been protein spiking cases with very tragic consequences. A couple of years ago in China, a material of very high nitrogen content was added to milk in order to boost its apparent protein content. However, the added material was highly toxic and many children lost their lives for consuming it. It is a less cruel, but equally unfair method to add cheap, but not harmful nitrogen sources to the protein. These can be amino acids with a higher-than-average nitrogen content (like glycine), cheap collagen, but also arginine.
There are many way of aminospiking. In order to be able to defend ourselves against them, it is essential to understand the logic behind. Out of the macronutritients (protein, carbohydrate, fat), only protein contains nitrogen, what’s more, in a fairly constant ratio. Therefore, conventional protein tests actually measure only the nitrogen content of a product, and calculate the supposed protein content out of that. Many unfair manufacturers have recognized this loophole: if hey add extra nitrogen to the product, then the apparent protein content will also rise and the product can be sold for a higher price (as it is […]
The PER value of useful and effective protein powders are above 2.5, which means that by taking 1 kg of such a protein, the subject gains 2.5 kgs of body mass (not dry muscles). Some proteins and their PER value: Beef 2.7 Casein 2.5 Egg 3.1 Milk 2.5 Chicken 2.7 Collagen 0!! Yes, the PER value of collagen is exactly 0! This is because most animals (and humans) are not able to digest collagen. Now you can really see how unfair it is to secretly smuggle collagen into products meant for athletes. If a manufacturer secretly replaces whey protein with […]
The actual effectiveness of biological proteins has long interested scientists. There are many ways to compare the “goodness” of two sources of protein, but one of the most spectacular methods is called PER (Protein Efficiency Ratio). It has been used since 1919, and is the officially approved method in several countries (eg. Canada) to this day. The PER value shows how much 1kg of protein intake increased the weight of test subjects! Interesting, right? Finally, a data that quantifies your improvement. Unfortunately, the test subjects are not humans, but young animals (like calves) and the test is done with strict […]
Collagen is a well-known animal protein. You can find it in tendons, skin, cartilage, and, unfortunately, also in some protein powders. Some manufacturers pump up the apparent protein content of their product by adding collagen. As the cheapest form of collagen is remnants from the slaughterhouse, adding them to whey protein powders basically costs nothing. However, collagen is also easily detected, since it betrays itself: it contains two amino acids that can only be found in collagen – hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine. If these two amino acids can be detected in a product, then we can be suspicious of amino spiking. […]
Even with supplements, a 80kg athletes’s necessary protein intake is hard to reach. If you consume bad-quality proteins, that will set you behind even more, as your body will not get the necessary nutritiens and you will not even know about it.
No! Unfortunately, what nature has provided 40-50 years ago is not the same today. The vitamin content has decreased, while the chemicals spread. It is very difficult today to tell what the suspiciously colored orange or the fresh-for-three-weeks tomato contain. Don’t be afraid of synthetic additives, while they are the same from a chemical standpoint as naturals, they are often cleaner.
About the prices: Whey protein material (that is right for a nutritional supplement) is produced by 20 factories in the world with standard technologies. Among these, 8 produce the significant portion of overall production The whey protein concentrate (WPC) material is generally 80% The price of the raw material increases exponentially with protein concentration. The price of the 90% raw material is nearly the double of the price of the 80% raw material Made out of a normal 80% WPC, the finished product will have a protein content of approximately and maximum 72% The maximum that can be made out […]
Scitec Nutrition is almost the only one in the market, who tests and verifies every batch of the record amount of 1,500 tons of protein per year and also publishes the lab tests on its website, thus proving and guaranteeing the quality. You can also check the specific lab test for your protein by looking up its batch number. Weigh the facts and choose the proven quality!