With so many people on low carbohydrate, high protein diets, many people may be curious about the high protein diet effects. Here are the facts:
1. Puts Added Stress on Your Kidneys
It is important to remember that you must exercise if you are on a high protein diet so that you can help your kidneys flush the waste out of your system more effectively. Talk to your doctor before beginning any high protein diet if you have a history of kidney problems.
2. May Leech Calcium from Your Bones
The acids released by your body, as it digests protein, are absorbed with the help of calcium. If you are not consuming enough calcium in your diet, this calcium will be taken from your bones, so it is important to be sure you are meeting your daily calcium requirement.
3. Can Aggravate Allergies
Too much protein in the diet has been shown to both induce and aggravate allergies.
4. Can Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease
Too much protein doesn’t contribute to cardiovascular disease if the diet emphasizes vegetable proteins, however, if you eat a high protein diet comprised of more fatty cuts of meat, like beef and pork, it can be bad for your heart’s health.
While it is unlikely that a short term high protein diet will create any lasting healthy problems, you should be aware of the problems associated with a long-term high protein diet. If you are currently on a high protein diet, or thinking about starting one, talk with your doctor to make sure that it is safe for your body.