Are High Protein Diets Dangerous?!

As many of you do not know, I had my gallbladder removed at 20 years old, I was told the likely reason was my protein intake was too high causing me to develop gall stones. There are a lot of misconstrued ideas around the fitness industry, and that includes diets and nutrition. On this website, we have already looked at detox diets and debunked them for being a completely unnecessary thing. And here we have another misconstrued idea: High protein diets are dangerous.

Many people believe that high protein diets are dangerous for the human body because it places additional strain on the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, and other organs. Ladies and gentlemen, once again, I call shenanigans. Now take into consideration I am not a Registered Dietitian, but hear me out. There was a study done between two groups of people, one was eating 3g/kg of protein a day and the other 1.8g/kg for 6 months (1.8g/kg is considered to be the high end of acceptable protein intake for an individual who trains). The results of this study showed that the individuals who had been consuming 3g/kg of protein a day showed no lesser kidney, liver, gallbladder, or any other organ function for that matter.

This study goes to show that a high protein diet plays no negative effect on liver function, kidney function, or any other organ function in general. The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for protein is .8g/kg for a sedentary individual and 1.5-2.0g/kg for an active individual. The participants in this study doubled the RDA in protein intake and PROVED that this idea is a myth.

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