Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Can Protein be Harmful to Your Health

You need protein to build and repair tissues and muscles in your body, to make enzymes and hormones, as well as building blocks for cartilage, bones, blood and more. But the type and quantity of protein you eat determines whether or not you are eating for good health.

Usually when people talk about protein what comes to mind is protein from animal sources like steak, fish, poultry, milk, cheese, pork and eggs. These are great sources of protein alright, but eating too much of them have been shown to cause heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and other major illnesses.

On the other hand, protein from plant sources including tofu, beans, nuts and seeds, whole grain, and some vegetables and fruits are also great sources of protein. The difference with plant protein is that it does not increase the levels of cholesterol in the body as animal sourced protein does.


This has been the argument for those who have chosen vegetarian diets. However, it is generally recommended to choose a diet that includes proteins from both animal and plant sources. How much animal protein versus plant protein you eat is a matter you should consult your doctor about, as only he or she can tell you what combination is good for your health.


For more information on the type and quantity of protein you should eat for good health, read these articles: The Benefits of Protein, and Protein: What Should You Eat?, and also Nutrition for Everyone: Basics of Protein.

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