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5 Protein Myths to Ignore

By Lana Bandoim

Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet, but there are myths about it that should be ignored. From confusion about protein’s ability to build muscles to misunderstandings about protein sources, myths are common. Before reaching for an extra scoop of protein powder and buying peanut butter in bulk, consider the following tips.

Myth: Only Protein Creates Muscles

One of the biggest myths is that protein can instantly build muscles. Exercise is an important part of the muscle creation process. If you only eat protein and skip the gym, the muscles will not grow. A combination of aerobic and resistance training is essential.  

Myth: All Protein Sources Are the Same

Protein is in multiple products including meat, beans, dairy, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and tofu. However, not all the sources of protein are the same. Some provide all the essential amino acids the body requires, and others provide smaller amounts. In addition, there are important differences between plant and animal sources of protein. It can be harder for the body to absorb all the nutrients from plant sources.

Myth: Protein Has No Limit

Protein is necessary, but the body has a limit on how much it needs. It is possible to eat too much protein and damage the kidneys over time. Eating protein adds extra stress to kidney function. In addition, eating too much protein can actually lead to weight gain. The extra protein can be converted into body fat.

Myth: Protein Should Be Consumed in One Meal 

The myth that protein must be consumed in one meal creates unnecessary stress and meal planning problems. It is better to spread out the protein throughout the day and consume it during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most people do not get enough protein in the morning and overcompensate by eating too much at night. This can create blood sugar spikes.

Myth: Lack of Protein Creates Fatigue

Although severely limiting protein intake can cause weakness and fatigue, most people feel tired because of other reasons. Whether they stay up too late to watch Netflix or work too hard during the day, their fatigue can be the result of many problems. Before blaming the lack of protein for your fatigue, consider the other sources. Stress, chronic illnesses, sleep deprivation and infections can make you feel tired. Some medications also cause fatigue.

The human body requires protein every day. However, the myths surrounding protein create unnecessary confusion. Stop believing them and avoid spreading them.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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