Is more protein always better? Let's dive into the protein paradox and find the sweet spot for optimal well-being. This short guide will teach you the basics of understanding protein and how it can support your journey to wellbeing.
Why We Need Protein
Protein is a superhero for muscle repair, satiety, overall body function, a healthy gut barrier, independence, and metabolic health in older age.
More Is Not Always Better
As with many great things, more is not always better, and it all comes down to the right balance for your individual needs.
Risks of Too Much Protein
- Protein metabolism produces nitrogen waste, which kidneys excrete through urine. Excessive protein intake increases the kidney workload, potentially impacting their efficiency over time. If you have existing kidney issues, the adverse effects may be exacerbated by overconsumption of protein.
- Also, an overemphasis on protein might lead to nutrient imbalances. Maintaining a varied diet is crucial to ensure you get a full spectrum of essential nutrients.
- Protein is fantastic for satiety, helping control appetite and potentially supporting weight management. However, suppose you’re consuming extra protein in addition to your daily energetic needs. In that case, the additional calories may be counter-beneficial for optimal energy balance unless you are putting this energy to use lifting weights or being highly active.
Opt for lean, nutrient-dense protein sources rather than piling on the quantity. Include lean cuts of meat, poultry, fish and seafood, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and a wide range of pulses, nuts and seeds. Choose the right balance for you with different amounts of protein offered in each of the Kurami meal paths.
It’s Not All Just About Protein
While the majority of the developed world consumes more than enough protein, many countries in the Western world do not consume nearly enough fibre!
Remember to eat the rainbow, not to skip fermented foods and count your plant varieties.