We have been systematically ben brainwashed by the clever marketing play of the beef and pork producers who convinced America that “you need protein and only meat can provide you with adequate amount of proteins.” But you don’t need as much protein as you are convinced that you need. See the daily amount of protein needed in a child.
From: Chosemyplate.gov – the US government guidelines for protein intake.
Some common problems of consuming too much proteins:
- Protein is essential for the body to grow and repair. Protein-rich food are broken down into amino acids in the stomach and absorbed in the small intestine. The liver sorts out which amino acids the body needs. The rest is flushed out in our urine.
- First, realize that not getting enough protein can lead to hair loss, skin breakouts and weight loss as muscle mass decreases. But these side effects are very rare, and largely only occur in those with eating disorders.
- Second, an analysis of 36 papers found that protein supplements have no impact on lean mass and muscle strength during the first few weeks of resistance training in untrained individuals.
- While protein itself isn’t harmful, many protein supplements are high in carbohydrates called FODMAPs that trigger digestive symptoms like bloating, gas and stomach pain.
- And eating excess protein can lead to “Protein Poisoning”.
Takeaway: Stick to a balanced diet of Carbs, proteins and fat as suggested by the US Dept of Health. See https://www.choosemyplate.gov/