We don’t need nearly as much protein as we consume - Deepstash

deepstash

Beta

Deepstash brings you key ideas from the most inspiring articles like this one:

Read more efficiently

Save what inspires you

Remember anything

We don’t need nearly as much protein as we consume

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20180522-we-dont-need-nearly-as-much-protein-as-we-consume

bbc.com

We don’t need nearly as much protein as we consume
Many of us consciously eat a high-protein diet, with protein-rich products readily available, but how much protein do we really need? And does it actually help us lose weight?

7

Key Ideas

Save all ideas

Protein Intake

Protein Intake

Protein intake is considered a no-brainer. As obesity rates have doubled over the last 20 years, this is what we have been told to eat. It is common knowledge that we have to avoid sugar, refined oils, and carbohydrates, and focus on eating protein, will be good for our health and help us lose weight. Many of us have, over the years, switched to brown bread and skimmed milk.

We also believe that we need to eat as much protein as we can.

96 SAVES

418 READS

VIEW

Protein is Essential

A high-protein diet is essential for us to help our body grow and repair. We have been told to eat approximately 55 gm of protein daily for males, and 45 gm for females, based on average weights.

Not eating enough of protein can also have side effects like hair loss.

93 SAVES

405 READS

Health Fad

The protein supplement market had a valuation of USD 12.4 billion in 2016.

The way protein is packed in everything from candy bars to ‘high protein’ versions of staple products, it is becoming clear that it is an ongoing health fad. Many experts believe that products with ‘inflated protein’ are a waste of money.

97 SAVES

329 READS

Marketing Hype Around Protein

Protein has been associated with building our muscles. Resistance exercise tears up muscles, requiring protein to be rebuilt by the body. Protein supplement companies promote consuming their products post-workouts, but a majority of the consumers find it difficult to tell if there is any real effect.

A 2014 study found that protein supplements have zero impact on lean mass and muscle strength in the first few weeks of resistance training. Protein supplements are a marketing strategy for us to buy protein which we can adequately get (in a better way) in normal food.

84 SAVES

310 READS

Protein And The Aging Process

The elderly need more protein for the retention of muscle mass. Experts tell us that as we age, it is imperative that we consume more protein, even if our craving for it is curbed.

It is still not advisable for the elderly to get their proteins from supplements, as it has adverse effects on kidney, bones, and can also trigger symptoms like bloating, gas and stomach pain.

80 SAVES

293 READS

A Healthy Gut

Maintaining a healthy gut, with a variety of microbes, viruses and germs is crucial for our overall health.

Reducing carbohydrates in our diet severely impacts our gut health, so the carb-less Atkins-type diets are to be avoided.

95 SAVES

303 READS

Red Meat

... isn't’ as good as it seems. Eating large quantities of animal protein has adverse effects on our weight, with red meat linked to cancer and heart disease.

76 SAVES

420 READS

SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

Getting enough protein

Getting enough protein

If you are worried about the amount of protein in your diet, you are probably eating more than enough.

Many people think if a meal has protein in it, it is full of health a...

Protein is the most important macronutrient

Protein, along with fat and carbohydrate, is one of the three basic macronutrients, and probably the most important.

Protein contains nitrogen, without which we cannot grow or reproduce. Protein contains nine amino-acids that we can only get from food. Without them, our hair, nails, bones, muscles and immune system would be severely weakened.

We eat too much protein

According to official guidelines, a minimum of 0.8g of protein a day per kilogram of body weight is recommended. Yet, the average person in the US and Canada gets a full 90g a day, 20% more than the recommended amount. The average European consumes 85g of protein a day, and the average Chinese person 75g.

We hope our protein-enhanced food will lead us to better health, yet singling out protein can lead to an unbalanced view of health.

4 more ideas

There is no "best diet"

The “best” diet is a theme: an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and plain water for thirst. 

That can be with or without seafood; with or...

Best foods don’t have labels

Because they are just one ingredient: avocado, lentils, blueberries, broccoli, almonds, etc.

The "Age" of vegetables

The best vegetables are likely to be fresh and locally sourced, but flash frozen is nearly as good (as freezing delays aging). Those “fresh” vegetables that spend a long time in storage or transit are probably the least nutritious.

Ketosis

... is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in ...

Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

  • Weight Loss.
  • Keto naturally lowers blood sugar levels due to the type of foods you eat.
  • Mental Focus: Ketones are a great source of fuel for the brain.
  • Increased Energy & Normalized Hunger: Fats are shown to be the most effective molecule to burn as fuel.
  • Epilepsy: Keto diet has been used since the early 1900’s to treat epilepsy successfully.
  • Cholesterol & Blood Pressure: shown to improve triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels most associated with arterial buildup.
  • Insulin Resistance.
  • Improvements in your skin health.

Do Not Eat on a Keto Diet

  • Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc.
  • Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.
  • Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
  • Tubers – potato, yams, etc.