You may not know just how bad a high-protein diet can be for your bones.
Consuming a largely meat based diet can spell as bad news for your body. A meat based diet is abundant is proteins and researchers have found that excessive animal protein can be detrimental to your bones. This animal protein is not only restricted to meat but includes a variety of animal products like dairy and eggs as well. The chances of developing a condition like osteoporosis is more likely for such animal meat lovers.
Many argue that indulging in a strictly vegetarian or vegan diet that includes plant proteins is the ideal way for our human bodies to sustain in this world. Proteins can be absorbed from plant protein sources like soy, chia seeds, quinoa, rice and beans. Many fear taking up vegetarianism because they are taught that meat is the only proper source of protein. Plants are cheaper to prepare and they are also better for the environment. A recent study on the yearly consumption of animal proteins in the US was an astounding 279 lbs per person. After the US, Luxembourg and Hong Kong are the next in terms of most meat consumed in a nation.
Most non-vegetarians enjoy eating meat and giving it up altogether can be a challenge. Studies show that eating meat in small quantities is beneficial to health, but, in excess it can create an acidic environment in the body and lead to bone less and organ damage in the long run. You can also source a major portion of your nutrients from plant based proteins which can prove to be more fruitful for keeping your bones strong.
Animal proteins are digested quickly as the body doesn’t have to build it from individual amino acids. However, this quick utilization of food may not really be a good thing. In fact, researchers say that the slow synthesis of nutrients is more beneficial for the body as it helps the body digest the protein in a better way when plants are the source of the protein. Plant proteins are also alkalizing with a host of antioxidants that help the body function better and build stronger bones.
In the 1980’s, a study was introduced that found a possible connection between animal proteins and cancer. Further research over the following years found that it invites a host of conditions especially breast, prostate and colon cancer. Older folks who are over the age of 50 are more likely to see these symptoms appear as they age. A study published in Cell Metabolism is 2014 found that participants between 50-65 with a high protein intake saw a 75% increase in mortality and a higher risk for cancer in the preceding 18 years of their life.
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