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November 14, 2014
But Mom, the supplement that I am taking is "just whey protein"! Not!
Consumers paying for whey protein have been getting ripped off with lower value nitrogen containing ingredients. The melamine cases brought this practice to light in ’07-’08 with pet foods and infant formulas made in China. Since that time the use of nitrogen rich compounds like creatine and lower value free form amino acids have been used to bolster nitrogen values while shorting expensive peptides from whey protein sources. Industry has responded with some new testing methods that can quantify peptide derived nitrogen vs. non-peptide, but these standards have not yet been adopted and we have rampant fraud for economic gain like this……

I A Nutrition, Inc. is incorporated in the State of Connecticut, with a principal place of business address at 83 White Oak Drive, Berlin, Connecticut 06037 makes Inner Armour brand which has two products that have been fingered for amino acid / nitrogen spiking in a class action suit: “Mass Peak Whey Hydrolysate Enhanced” and “Nitro Peak Whey Hydrolysate Enhanced”

However, Defendant’s claimed total protein count of 50 grams of protein perserving, in the product, is not exclusively derived from whey proteins but also includes, for the purposes of “protein-spiking”: several free form amino acids, including Alanine, Trytophan, L Glycine, and Taurine.

Once these “protein spiking” agents are removed from the formula of analysis, and the “bound” amino acid count is determined, the true content of whey protein in the product can be determined.

After scientific testing of the Product, the actual total content per serving of whey protein is approximately 18.986 grams (as calculated from the total bonded amino acids) as opposed to 50 grams of protein claimed by Defendant for their “Whey Protein” product.

Although the back labels of both products mention some free form amino acids, by name, such as Glycine and Taurine, Defendant does not explain that these ingredients make up a large portion of the claimed protein content. Rather, by calling the product “whey protein” and representing the protein content without revealing the spiking, Defendant purposefully misleads the consumer into thinking that the entire claimed protein content is whey protein.