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Bad Effects Of Protein-Rich Diets

Medical Daily logo Medical Daily 9/16/2019 Darwin Malicdem

a plate of food on a table © Pixabay Protein is one of the most essential nutrients that humans need everyday. It helps manage appetite, build and repair tissues and support muscle and bone health. 

You should prioritize your daily protein intake. Experts suggest that you consume at least 0.8 gram of protein per kilogram of your body weight.

But some people may increase their intake of the nutrient because of higher energy expenditure levels, which occur after exercising. You could get good amounts of protein from chicken, turkey, eggs, Greek yogurt and cottage cheese. 

“Protein is made up of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle,” Amy Kubal, a registered dietician in South Dakota, said. “In order to preserve, repair, and grow muscle, protein is vital in your diet.” 

However, you might also experience some problems. A balanced intake of protein could promote better health but having very high amounts of the nutrient may have some negative health effects. 

Bad Effects of Protein-Rich Diet

Protein helps you feel full. But having too much would force your body to use more energy for digestion. 

In some cases, the body might just store extra protein as fat. This would require you to work harder if you are trying to manage your weight.  

High protein intake could also affect how other nutrients work. For example, eating low amounts of fiber while having excessive protein could lead to constipation and affect your digestive health, according to Deccan Chronicle

Too much protein could also worsen the condition of people with kidney problems. Some people might also experience serious problems due to protein overconsumption. 

It may cause cardiovascular disease, liver and kidney injuries, seizures, blood vessel disorders and even death, according to Medical News Today. Doctors said very high protein intake might also contribute to cancer, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. 

Symptoms of Excessive Protein 

  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Intestinal discomfort and indigestion
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Unexplained exhaustion

However, you could easily avoid such protein-linked problems. Eating a balanced diet and managing your nutrient intake could easily help manage the effects of protein. 

Drinking enough water and staying hydrated could also help reduce nitrogen from protein, which would promote better kidney health. 

Related video: New Research on Plant Proteins Shows Eating Less Meat Really Is Better For Your Health (Provided by Cooking Light)

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