Top 10 reasons to reconsider a long-term high-protein diet
1. Your body, specifically your brain and your heart, needs at least 130g of carbohydrate daily in order to function optimally.
2. Eating large amounts of animal-proteins may be high in saturated fat, potentially contributing to elevated lipid levels and risk for heart disease.
3. High-protein diets may not provide adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals that we tend to find in plant-based foods such as whole grains and fruits.
4. Animal-proteins do not provide fiber, phytochemicals, or antioxidants.
5. High-protein diets can lead to loss of calcium through the urine.
6. Excessive intake of red meat may increase risk for colon cancer.
7. High-protein diets may be stressful on the kidneys, especially a concern for those with diabetes or kidney failure.
8. High-protein diets increase risk of dehydration by increasing urine output.
9. Inadequate carb intake causes your body to break down muscle to make glucose, potentially leading to a loss of lean body mass.
10. Variety is the spice of life.
Kate Olson is a blogger for Shaw Media.
As a Registered, Licensed Dietitian (RD) and a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) with more than 10 years of experience in nutrition and diabetes education, and as a working mom of three, Kate Olson understands the challenges of making healthy lifestyle changes.
Reference: Wardlaw, G.M. and Smith, A.M. Contemporary Nutrition . 9th Ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2013.