Amino spiking, protein spiking, nitrogen spiking… whatever you call it, it’s wrong.
There are many class action lawsuits being served as I write this on 11/14/2014 that are going after these companies that are amino spiking and lying about the protein content in their products.
What is Amino Spiking?
Amino spiking is a loophole in which companies use to make more profit on their proteins by counting amino acids as a form of protein.
Taurine, glycine, glutamine and creatine are some of the biggest amino acids being used to “spike” protein levels.
These amino acids are great, but when companies are counting these added aminos as dietary protein on the label, you are getting shafted.
The FDA’s loose definition of protein is what makes this practice technically legal…for now.
When you buy a “cheap protein” you could be purchasing more amino acids than actual protein.
Creatine is one of the biggest offenders in nitrogen spiking and if one of the first ingredients in your protein, watch for them to possibly be involved in these lawsuits.
What companies are spiking?
While I am not legally involved (and do not wish to be) everything said from here on out is alleged. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
Marc Lobliner’s recent video mentions Inner Armor’s Mass Peak advertises 50g protein per serving while the test results from a reputable lab company found only 18.986 grams of protein per serving.
In many of his videos in the last few months Lobliner talks about spiking and different brands who are allegedly spiking.
Body Fortress, and CVS’ house brand both have class action lawsuits currently served with many more companies to come.
I do not have any affiliation with any company and I will not “call out” any company and I am trying to spread the information.
So what exactly should I do?
There’s no need to panic, get mad, or spend hours trying to figure out if your company is spiking.
I do want you to read and learn more about what exactly is going on and keep up with the news on it.
I originally wanted to write an article that would give you all of the information you would ever need, but I’ve found two articles I’d like you to read instead.
I don’t want to “reinvent the wheel” just to have an article on my site that give scientific information (not something that I can put my spin on).
The first article is a large article that breaks down everything from spiking to what exactly amino spiking is and how the nitrogen counts are tested. It is very in-depth and is worth the read. Check out the article Is Your Protein really protein?
The second article is actually from the Oliver Law Group, the group that is in charge of this class action lawsuit. They give a breakdown on what spiking is, some laws, and information on how to contact them. Protein Powder Spiking Class Action Lawsuit – Amino Spiking Protein Scam.
I wanted to give you guys a heads up if you haven’t been paying attention to the fitness industry’s news. I want you guys to have the knowledge of what exactly is going into your bodies and not wasting your money on stupid shit.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I am here to help anyone who wants to learn. From training to nutrition, I am going to give you agenda-free non-biased information that I feel will help you.
Read up and arm yourself with knowledge. Going off of what others say can be dangerous. Once again I do not have any legal obligations to anyone in any party in this lawsuit, I am simply bringing you information on what has been allegedly done so far. Once the rest of the lawsuits have been filed and I get more information, I will pass it along.