Eating too much protein could be as dangerous as smoking for middle-aged people, a study has found:
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These days, it seems you can’t turn a corner without hearing about the latest high protein diet, or stumbling across a product touting its protein content, where once fibre or essential nutrients were the source of such bragging rights. So, how much protein do you really need? And can you get too much? Let’s dig into both questions this week.
HOW MUCH PROTEIN DO I NEED? — THE CONSERVATIVE VIEW
The simple way to figure out how much protein you need is to use what are known as the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs). These are the established recommendations that are meant to meet the needs of the vast majority of the population (97.5%, to be exact) each day. The RDAs are established using what are known as obligatory nitrogen losses — nitrogen being a key component of protein (protein is made up of amino acids, which differ from both carbohydrates and fats in that they contain nitrogen, in addition to the usual carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen), so the RDAs were developed by estimating how much nitrogen our body loses (e.g. through our urine, feces and skin) every day.
The cancer rate around the world varies depending on how much meat is consumed. The more meat, the more cancer:
You don’t have to become a vegan or a vegetarian to realize the benefits of a healthy diet. The China Study, the largest diet study ever conducted by Cornell and Harvard Universities showed eating 10% of your calories as meat and dairy was like eating no meat and dairy. The advantage of this is you can eat out without any difficulties and at you families without special meals. If you eat a lot of meat at one meal you can cut back on others.
h/t Natura Naturans