Paraffin is a type of mineral oil that is commonly used in cosmetic and personal care products, including protein powders. It is a white, odorless, and tasteless waxy substance that is derived from petroleum. In protein powders, paraffin is used as a lubricant and anti-caking agent to prevent clumping and improve texture.
While paraffin is generally considered safe for use in food and personal care products, it can be potentially harmful if ingested in large amounts. Some studies suggest that prolonged exposure to paraffin may increase the risk of certain health problems, such as lung damage or cancer. However, the levels of paraffin used in protein powders and other products are typically very low and unlikely to cause harm. Nevertheless, individuals with a history of respiratory problems or allergies may want to exercise caution when using products that contain paraffin.