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9 Protein 'Facts' That Are Actually False

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Riley Cardoza of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 2 of 10: You’ve probably been told that there’s not enough protein in your daily diet and you need more, more, more, but that’s usually not the case for most people. Far from it, in fact. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adults between the ages of 19 and 30 eat roughly 100 grams of protein a day, which twice the recommended amount for someone eating a 2,000 calorie diet. But what happens when you overload like this? Cassie Bjork, RD, LD, says eating excessive protein could lead to excessive nitrogen your body can’t excrete. “If you’re a long-time high-protein dieter, you could be increasing your risk for kidney damage,” she says. Maybe that’s why researchers from Rovira I Virgili University found high-protein dieters to be 66 percent more at risk of dying than those eating less. So just be mindful next time you’re making any of these 23 Best Protein Shake Recipes to make sure you’re not leaping over your daily limit.

1. There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Protein

You’ve probably been told that there’s not enough protein in your daily diet and you need more, more, more, but that’s usually not the case for most people. Far from it, in fact. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adults between the ages of 19 and 30 eat roughly 100 grams of protein a day, which twice the recommended amount for someone eating a 2,000 calorie diet. But what happens when you overload like this? Cassie Bjork, RD, LD, says eating excessive protein could lead to excessive nitrogen your body can’t excrete. “If you’re a long-time high-protein dieter, you could be increasing your risk for kidney damage,” she says. Maybe that’s why researchers from Rovira I Virgili University found high-protein dieters to be 66 percent more at risk of dying than those eating less. 

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