Protein-Pound it or Lose it?

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There are a bunch of studies out there that say that keeping a diet that’s high in protein can help you lose weight. However, there is a new drawback you should be thinking about: “A new study suggests that consuming a diet packed with protein can boost your chances of developing kidney disease and/or painful kidney stones.”

Here is what the study entailed: “Scientists at the University of Grenada in Spain fed rats a diet composed of 45 percent protein for 12 weeks. The rats did lose weight—10 percent of their total body weight, in fact. However, they had significantly lower levels of a chemical found in urine that prevents the crystallization of calcium—and having this sort of deficiency can lead to kidney stones.”

This isn’t the first time the researchers have discovered this; apparently, there’s been a “rise in the incidence of kidney stones—and the American Academy of Family Medicine released a statement linking this to the popularity of diets high in animal protein, says Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., a Philadelphia-based nutritionist. Animal protein produces an acidic environment in the body, increasing the formation of kidney stones and leeching calcium from bones, says Brill. “Plant proteins don’t have the same effect.”

Note: Obviously, animals and humans do not have the same exact body-therefore, you can’t this study is somewhat unfinished in its deeper research.

Protein, especially protein that is part of animal fats can cause cancer to grow as well, a reason that is worth researching as well-a good topic for a forthcoming article! The study authors noted: “there may be a way to offset the possibility of kidney problems if you’re consuming tons of protein: Make sure to eat lots of fruits and vegetables since they’re high in potassium (and the nutrient can help protect against kidney stones).”

Source: Women’s Health Magazine 

Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth enjoys teaching and dancing as well as being a violinist in a local orchestra. She loves reading and writing materials that range everywhere from short stories and poetry to medical dictionaries and encyclopedias. She enjoys sharing her talent for the written word by being a regular contributor and test and training editor here at ProTrainings.

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