Can Too Much Protein be Bad for You?

By First Posted: Jan 17, 2020 Fri 10:26 AM
Can Too Much Protein be Bad for You?
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Ideally eating anything in excess can cause discomfort to your body and same goes with excessive protein intake. The supposed dangers of protein are a popular subject.

The quality of a protein source depends on its amino acid profile. The best dietary sources of protein comprise all essential amino acids in ratios appropriate for humans. The basic recommendations for protein intake are 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight (0.8 grams per kg) daily. This translates to 56 grams of protein for a 154-pound individual.

Consuming high amounts of any nutrient for a long period of time classically comes with risks, as can be the case with protein. Overconsumption may lead to an amplified risk of certain health snags. It is important to understand the health concerns related to excess protein in the body, especially if you follow an excessively high-protein diet for an extended period.

>Weight gain- High-protein diets may tout weight loss, but this type of weight loss may only be short-term. Excess protein consumed is usually stored as fat and can lead to weight gain over time.

>Constipation: High-protein diets that confine carbohydrates are typically low in fiber. Increasing your water and fiber intake can help avert constipation. Tracking your bowel movements may be helpful.

>Dehydration: A small study involving athletes found that as protein intake increased, hydration levels decreased which turn cause dehydration.

>Kidney damage: While no major research link high protein intake to kidney damage in healthy individuals, excess protein can cause damage in people with preexisting kidney disease.

>Increased cancer risk: Certain high-protein diets that are particularly high in red meat-based protein are linked to an increased risk of various health issues, including cancer. Eating more red and/or processed meat is associated with colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer.

>Heart disease: Eating lots of red meat and full-fat dairy foods as part of a high-protein diet may lead to heart disease. This could be related to higher intakes of saturated fat and cholesterol.

So, consume protein in a significant quantity and not in excess.


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