Taking Too Much Protein Can Be Harmful
- Deepali Verma
Updated : July 31, 2022 11:07 IST
Excess of anything cannot be good, a balanced diet that includes all the nutrients is essential for optimal health
A high protein diet is frequently recommended for anyone attempting to lose weight. Protein consumption, in particular, appears to have recently become a growing trend among gym goers. But did you know that eating too much protein can be harmful to your health? The body is subjected to strains and stresses during exercise. Amino acids are used by your body to build and repair muscles and bones. Protein can be used as an energy source in addition to serving a variety of functions in the body's maintenance. Bodybuilders increase their protein intake because it aids in muscle growth. It also aids in weight loss.
What many people overlook is how excessive protein consumption can be harmful.
1. High Protein consumption may outweigh your intake of other nutrients such as fibre, carbohydrates, and calories. A well-balanced diet is essential for good health.
2. Consuming too much protein over time can put a metabolic strain on your kidneys, liver, and bones, as well as increase your risk of cancer and heart disease.
3. When your primary protein sources come from animal products, it can cause constipation and cause havoc on your digestive system. Fiber, which is only found in plant-based foods, helps everything move through your intestines.
4. Your bones, kidneys, liver, and other organs may have to work harder than necessary as a result, which could still make your body tired.
5. By triggering food cravings and a lack of enthusiasm for your morning routine, it may cause you to regain the weight you have worked so hard to shed.
6. Kidney stone development and mild dehydration are both potential outcomes. Compared to plant and dairy proteins, non-dairy animal protein (meat) has a significantly stronger detrimental effect on kidney function, according to studies.
7. Your brain is fuelled by carbohydrates, which also help serotonin—the hormone that makes you feel happy—be released into the body. Lack of carbohydrates can significantly reduce our energy, focus, and mental acuity. A high-protein diet may also make you depressed after you've eaten it. especially if your protein-to-carb ratio is seriously off.
8. You urinate more because of the increased acidity caused by protein buildup in the kidneys. Additionally, excessive acid production might cause issues with the liver and bones.
A study found that participants who followed a low-fat, high-carb, moderate-protein diet for a year felt less depressed, more nervous, and other negative feelings than those who followed a high-protein, low-fat, and low-carb diet.
As your body adjusts to eating more fat and protein instead of healthy carbohydrates, it produces ketones that smell like acetone. Therefore, it might result in bad breath. Protein should make up between 10 and 35 percent of your daily calorie intake, according to Harvard School of Public Health. Excess of anything cannot be good, as it is with most things in life. The same holds true for proteins. A balanced diet that includes all the nutrients is essential for optimal health.