The Scary Downside To Protein Powder That No One Tells You About, According To A Dietitian

INDONESIAKININEWS.COM -  Protein powder is a popular ingredient many people add to their pre- and post-workout smoothies and shakes.  When c...

INDONESIAKININEWS.COM - Protein powder is a popular ingredient many people add to their pre- and post-workout smoothies and shakes. 

When consumed in moderation, this supplement can help you build muscle, repair tissues, and reach your weight loss goals. 

However, you know what they say: too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. 

Health experts warn that this is even the case when it comes to something as seemingly healthy as protein powder.

To learn more about the damaging effects of consuming too much protein powder on a regular basis, we spoke to dietitian Dana Ellis Hunnes PhD, MPH, RD and author of Recipe for Survival. 

She told us that a diet too high in protein powder could lead to uncomfortable digestive issues and may even set you back on your weight loss journey.

Digestive Issues And Weight Gain

Here's the thing about protein that you may not realize: you probably already get enough of it in your diet. 

Hunnes notes that the recommended dietary allowance is just 0.8 grams for each kilogram of body weight, which is equal to about 0.3636 grams per pound. 

"This means an average healthy 140-pound woman only needs 51 grams of protein per day," she gives as an example. 

When you compare that to the amount of protein offered by protein powder supplements, which can be as much as 30 grams per portion, it becomes clear that most people don't have a need for this type. of supplement. 

In fact, if you go overboard on the powder, it could easily put you way over your recommended intake. 

Despite what you may have been led to believe, there are several downsides to consuming too much protein.

For one, Hunnes notes that when you give your body more protein than in it needs, "the excess protein (calories) turn into fat." 

This isn't only bad if you want to lose weight, but can also do a number on your digestive system.

As Hunnes explains, "too much protein can be harsh on the kidneys that have to filter all of that, and it can be hard on the digestive tract, depending on the type of protein." 

There are several reasons the protein powder you add to your shakes could throw your gut health for a loop. 

Cow's milk protein, known as casein, could cause issues if you have an intolerance to dairy. Plant protein can also lead to its own share of issues. 

Of course, we're not saying you should rule out protein powder altogether. But like anything else, moderation is key.

Hunnes says the majority of your protein should come from natural, whole foods rather than processed products. 

"For the general healthy person who is just trying to put on muscle or lose weight, I strongly recommend a healthy, whole-food, plant-based diet that contains several varieties of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes," she concludes. Got it!

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