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Eating More of This Nutrient Can Reduce Your Kidney Disease Risk, New Study Says

Eat This, Not That! logo Eat This, Not That! 4/17/2021 Krissy Gasbarre
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Not everyone counts their macros to a T, and that's OK—but a new study has found that increasing one basic nutrient in your diet can be a simple way to help you steer clear of something as painful as kidney disease.

We all know it's important to get enough nutrients like healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and lean proteins in our diet each day. We're also aware that not making this a priority can lead to pretty serious problems for our health—especially our key organs that handle some of the body's most important functions.

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A new study out of Seoul National University College of Medicine was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition after looking at the ratios of calories from the macronutrients participants consumed. The researchers' goal was to identify a healthy diet balance that can prevent chronic kidney disease.

The study utilized data from 567,000 participants and established a baseline macronutrient ratio at 50% carbohydrates, 35% fats, and 15% protein. They found that, as the study abstract states, higher relative protein intake in subjects with normal kidney function was significantly associated with a lower risk of incident of chronic kidney disease and end-stage kidney disease. Conversely, individuals with higher fat intake also had a higher risk of impaired kidney function. 

How much protein is good for you? It depends on your goals, but we've got plenty of tips for a range of diet needs, plus 19 high-protein, filling breakfasts.

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