Is Too Much Protein Unhealthy and Bad for Your Kidneys?October 7, 2007 • By admin
I am sure many people have heard that too much protein is tough on your body and bad for your kidneys. I don’t recommend excessive protein, mainly because I don’t believe in focusing on gaining excessive muscle mass. I know there are a lot of people who do want to gain mass and they eat a very large amount of protein as a strategy to pack on muscle quickly. I was curious to see how harsh this type of diet is on the body.
(All of you young’ins are lucky! Protein powder in the 80’s and early 90’s tasted terrible!)
A Surprising Find About High Protein Intake!
I really thought that I was going to find that excessive protein was really hard on the body! What I found was surprising to say the least. A study at University of Connecticut called “Dietary Protein Intake and Renal Function” , shows that there isn’t any concern for people with healthy kidneys. This paper references recent studies of high-protein diets for both weight loss and athletes, which have found no negative impact on kidney function. There is no evidence that supports the idea that high protein intake is a cause of kidney damage or dysfunction.
Excessive Protein Intake is Only Bad for People With Pre-Existing Kidney Problems
The paper states this…”Although excessive protein intake remains a health concern in individuals with pre-existing renal disease, the literature lacks a significant research demonstrating a link between protein intake and the initiation or progression of renal disease in healthy individuals.” So if you have healthy kidneys, high protein diets won’t be a problem for you health-wise.
High Protein and Low Carbs Are a Great Combination for Bad Breath!
If you eat a well balanced diet with both carbs and protein, then this won’t apply to you…but if you eat high protein while keeping the carbs extremely low, then some nasty things do happen. First of all, you are very likely to have bad breath…really bad from what I understand. One study I read explained it very well…”When fatty acids are the primary source of energy and carbohydrate is severely restricted, part of the fat particle cannot be metabolized and builds up in the fluids outside the cells. These particles are converted to ketones (an â€œemergencyâ€ energy source), and unused ketones are excreted in the urine and expired air, resulting in acetone-smelling breath.” Due to the lack of fiber found in carbs, this type of dieting causes constipation as well!
So Really No Worries if You Eat a Decent Amount of Protein in Your Diet
Even though I recommend a more moderate amount of protein if you want to stay slim…it is nice to know that on days when you splurge, you are not hurting your kidneys. Bodybuilders who read this can feel a little better about their diet, knowing that it isn’t harmful to their kidneys (if they reach this page in my blog…bodybuilders can’t stand my site for the most part…LOL).
One Request…Please Make Sure You Eat Some Carbs With Your Protein! You Don’t Want Some “Funky Smelling” Camel Breath!
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