Too much protein linked to health problems

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Meat and Cancer

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

As Americans we love Protein.  We believe athletes need more of it and if we want to lose weight we need more of it.  I was said that you could never get enough protein. 

Fact is athletes need only slightly more than the average person and yes you can lose weight but with consequences.  Here are the facts.   Americans generally take in more than twice the amount of protein need on a daily.   Taking that much more than needed is problematic as disease risks increase as well. 

Osteoporosis, kidney disease, calcium stones in the urinary tract and cancers have all been linked to excess protein.  Protein is needed to build muscle and other proteins from amino acids which come directly from proteins eaten.   According to new research, a varied diet of lentils grains, beans and vegetables contain essential amino acids and are good for building body protein. 

The American diet contains dairy product and meat and can easily result in too much protein which leads to kidney disease – when one eats too much protein they intake more nitrogen than is needed.  This strains the kidneys which has to dump the extra through urine.  People with renal problems are asked to eat low-protein diets to reduce organ stress. 

Osteoporosis and Kidney Stones: Animal protein fortified diets cause people to excrete more calcium tan normal through their kidneys and increase the risk of the osteoporosis.  Countries and regions with lower protein diets have lower rates of osteoporosis and bone fractures. 

Cancer it is believed that animal fat is the three eyed monster that causes the big “C”.  But, protein is a player and too increases cancer risks.  The absence of fiber in meat and natural carcinogens are both in the game.  It is well documented that high protein diets are linked with some types of cancer. 

It’s the food man! it’s the food. 

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