Obsessed With Protein – Know the risks of high protein diet

high protein diet Are you obsessed with animal protein consumption? If your diet comprises primarily of animal proteins in the form of meat, egg and milk, time has arrived that you should modify your diet to reduce the risks associated with high protein intake.

Alzheimer’s disease
In a recent study, researchers have observed that diets rich in protein and low in carbohydrate increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Diet plans, such as the Atkins diet rely on diets rich in protein and low in carbohydrates for reducing weight. In an animal study, it was observed that mice fed on high protein diet had lighter brains than mice fed on normal diet. According to researchers, this adverse effect of excess protein makes the brain vulnerable to plague formation, leading to cell death and developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Calcium depletion in the bones is responsible for causing osteoporosis. Calcium present in the blood is needed for muscle contraction and heartbeat. Moreover, calcium is needed to maintain the alkalinity of the blood. Through respiration, urination and excretion calcium is lost from the bloodstream. Our body acquires calcium deposited in the bones to replenish the depleted calcium in the bloodstream. Excess protein consumption increases the acidity of the blood. To reduce the acidity, our body draws calcium from the bone. Excess protein consumption, increases the pace of calcium depletion in the bones, leading to osteoporosis.

Kidney problem
Excess protein consumption increases the risk of kidney problems. The greater the amount of protein in your diet, the greater is the amount of nitrogen produced in the body. Our kidneys are forced to overwork to eliminate the excess nitrogen from the body. Overtime, protein rich diet could lead to kidney malfunction. Moreover, excess protein tends to increase uric acid content in the urine. This increases the risk of formation of kidney stones.

Daily protein requirement
Your protein requirement is associated with your body weight. It is recommended that a person needs between 0.8grams to 1.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. You can obtain protein in your diet from both animal and plant sources. Animal proteins are often sources of saturated fats. Leans meat, devoid of saturated fat, is considered safer for health. Fish, egg and dairy products are also rich sources of protein. Nuts, beans, whole grains and pulses are rich sources of plant protein.