Can You Have TOO MUCH Protein?
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Proteins contain amino acids that help .The human diet should include ten to 35 percent protein, which comes from foods like meat, poultry, fish, and legumes. Protein can help with weight management, as people tend to . (Eggs make for a better lunch than a double Dorito serving.)
People ages 18 and older should consume 0.36 grams of protein daily for every pound they weigh. Soa 150-pound person needs about 54 grams of protein, equivalent to six ounces of cooked chicken breast. Who knew a little chicken could go a long way? Especially active people like marathoners or bodybuilders, should gobble down more protein to keep up with their fast metabolisms.
As important as protein is,eating too much is potentially dangerous. People looking to bulk up sometimes load up on protein, steak and protein shots will produce insta-muscles. But a diet of green eggs and ham alone doesn’t do much toward defining those pecs, since eating protein without pumpin’ iron won’t build body muscleTipton KD, Wolfe RR. Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX. Journal of Sports Science. 2004 Jan;22(1):65-79.. High protein intake also often goes hand in hand with skimping out on the carbs, which can lead to insufficient fiber— a cause of constipation and diverticulitis.
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There are definite health dangers to going after the with an all-protein diet. It turns outour bodies can’t store excess protein, so once it’s broken down into amino acids, the nitrogen content. And the more protein we chow down, the harder the kidneys have to work to remove the waste. Studies suggest people with kidney disease should limit their protein intake, though there isn’t enough evidence to prove that excessive protein intake can actuallycausekidney diseaseDietary protein intake and renal function Martin WF, Armstrong LE, Rodriguez NR. Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Nutrition &Metabolism(Lond). 2005Sep20;2:25..
But don’t toss away and bacon just yet, sincenot getting enough protein has its risks too. An insufficient amount of protein can lead to , which may result in extreme weight loss, fatigue, or diarrhea. It’s best to get most protein from plant sources like beans, legumes, nuts, and soy products to steer clear of .
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