Is a high protein diet beneficial? Do we need to consume as much protein as we do? Is protein essential?…
These are all questions related to the realisation that as a nation we have become obsessed with keeping ourselves fit and healthy; with this high protein diets are accompanied. But is eating protein excessively really benefiting our health and lifestyles?
Animal protein/meat can have positive effects on the body (when eaten in small doses), however meat is now produced in larger quantities through factories who pump meat with synthetic growth hormones, nitrates, DES (estrogen) and many other harmful chemicals. When meat is eaten exceedingly, the chemicals can transfer into our bodies and cause lifelong health problems. For example: Estrogen is found to cause cancer and no longer to fatten up animals. Also, a study has shown that girls today are reaching puberty younger, due to the hormones and chemicals found in meat. So is eating meat really helping our lifestyle and health? In reality, shop bought meat has hidden chemicals that potentially hazard our health by creating lifelong health problems, so the answer is: eating meat in moderation to an extent where it doesn’t overpopulate your everyday meals will benefit you more.
Why do we have an obsession with protein? The answer is, we are told daily through health gurus, magazines and books that protein is necessary for building muscle and creating a lean body frame. In relation to this, people begin to consume protein shakes and powders to gain their daily intake of protein. But how does this effect the body? Protein shakes can contain sugars and artificial sweeteners, some can contain naturally occurring sugars. Sugar as a whole has a stumbling effect on the body as it creates bloating, water retention, diabetes, spike in sugar levels, increase in heart rate and other health problems when consumed too much. As a result you are coming across other health issues in conjunction with too much protein, which again can cause weight gain, extra body fat, stress on your kidneys and dehydration.
How do we consume the right amount of protein? Protein can be found in plant based products also, not just in meat. Foods high in protein are: beans, lentils, nuts and seeds, avocados, hemp and chia seeds, quinoa, tofu and more. Incorporating foods like this in your day to day will allow you to naturally consume protein without having to eat too much meat protein. Also, eating foods naturally high in protein, like lentils and beans will enable your body to consume the nutrients and vitamins that are vital for keeping a healthy body. Many people are unaware that finding protein in plant based products has the same positive and visual effect people believe only meat protein can prevail. Additionally, People who live on a plant based diet obviously have to consume protein without getting it from meat, due to this, vegan and vegetarians gain their protein from hearty meals full of lentils and beans and also use substitutes, like scrambled tofu instead of scrambled egg.
Cutting down on eating protein can benefit your lifestyle and improve your overall health as you are decreasing the risks of serious health problems. It is also easy to incorporate other foods high in protein to your daily meals to prevent you from disregarding meat as a whole. At first it will seem hard but once you experiment and allow yourself to explore different meals and substitutes, you will feel a difference in your overall health and abilities.
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