Should you Eat Less Protein?

Protein plays a big role in your body. It helps make enzymes, hormones and build muscles. Therefore, consuming this important macronutrient in moderate amounts is crucial for your overall well-being. On the other hand, over-consuming it can maybe yield some bad side-effects. Let’s take a look at some of them.

1. Affects kidney function

People who already have kidney problems should definitely limit their protein intake, but that’s not the case for healthy people. It’s just the opposite. Increased protein intake can help you prevent kidney diseases and maintain your healthy intestines for a long period of time.

2. Causes cancer

One specific study in China showed that excess protein can cause cancer. If a tumor already exists, protein will help with its growth. Therefore, people with cancer should eat limited amounts of protein. But, healthy people should consume it in moderation in order to prevent it from occurring.

3. Increases glucose levels

Several researches have shown that eating excessive amounts of protein is like eating an entire chocolate. They said that our body will convert it into glucose. But, is this statement true? Not really. Since your body can’t store protein as fat, it has no effect on glucose levels.

4.  Decreases longevity

Studies from 2014 have shown that large amounts of protein have a really bad effect on mortality. And how’s that? When older people eat protein, they are significantly improving their brain function, movement and muscle mass. From that we can see how foods which are loaded with protein are important and how paradoxical this study is.

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