Is Excess of Protein Safe?
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In recent years, high protein diets are among the most popular, whether the protein is consumed as a supplement (protein shakes for body builders!) or simply a larger than usual portion of a balanced diet

But do you know? Excess of protein in yours diet can lead to serious health issues. Some specific high protein diets include lots of red meat, which can increase the risk of heart disease. Others exclude carbohydrates, which can cause serious nutritional deficiencies. High levels of protein can also lead to kidney stones and an increased risk of osteoporosis through the loss of calcium. Finally, too much protein can disrupt amino acid absorption and the liver's conversion processes, resulting in nausea, fatigue, epilepsy, and far more severe health complications.

The source of your protein matters. Animal-based proteins often contain high levels of saturated fat and LDL cholesterol, which increase the risk of heart disease. Choosing healthier, plant-based sources of protein such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds reduces this risk significantly.

For example, a high protein diet that contains lots of red meat and high fat dairy products might lead to higher cholesterol, and a higher risk of heart disease and colon cancer while another high protein diet rich in plant-based proteins may not carry similar risks. And one study found weight gain was more likely when protein replaced carbohydrates in the diet but not when it replaced fat.