Thanks to things like keto and Atkins, people are much more aware of the pros and cons of heavy protein diets these days. The thing is, though, that the more popular a type of diet becomes, the more people have opinions about it, and the more writing there is online, the more false information gets spread! We live in an era of fake news, and that doesn’t just relate to the crazy politics that we are having to endure right now! Take any subject that is talked about on the internet, and I can guarantee that there is probably more false information out there than real! Here are some facts about protein that aren’t true.
1. “There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Protein”
This isn’t true at all. If you have an overload of protein in your diet that isn’t counterbalanced by other things, then this can lead to a buildup of nitrogen in your body. If you have too much nitrogen in your body, you are much more likely to develop things like kidney disease, because your body fails to excrete all the excess that is present.
2. “Powders Can Be a Complete Substitute”
People love to talk about their protein shakes, and they definitely do help your body to absorb the benefits more easily, but whilst they are a great source of protein, they shouldn’t be your only source. The human body needs a variation of proteins to provide it with different types of amino acid profiles, as well as all of the essential macro and micronutrients that various plant and animal-based proteins give you.
3. “Your Body Can Digest a Lot in a Single Sitting”
As with everything else in life, you should be consuming protein in moderation. If you eat too much in one sitting, your body will actually have a hard time of digesting it, and could end up storing it as fat instead. The recommended intake level is about 30 grams of protein each time you incorporate it in to a meal.
4. “Everyone Should Be Eating the Same Amount of Protein”
This isn’t true, your protein intake can vary for things like your gender and your own body weight. There is actually a formula designed to reveal to you just how much protein you should personally be consuming every day, it goes as follows. You should be digesting between 1.2 and 1.7 grams of protein for every kilogram of your kilogram of your body weight. Doing it this way, you can see that the recommended portions change drastically between heavy and slight individuals.
5. “Increasing Protein Increases Muscle Mass”
This is only the case if you are also supplementing your protein intake with heavy trips to the gym! You can’t just ingest a tonne of protein and expect to get ripped if you don’t put in the transformative exercise. If you are not working your muscles and challenging them, then they don’t need to use all of the extra protein that you are putting in your body.