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3 Risks of Eating Too Much Protein

When it comes to being healthy, it can be a challenge to get our recommended daily servings of the vital nutrients.

These nutrients include: vitamins, fiber, protein, calcium and minerals.

But while it can be hard to meet the requirements, what happens if you exceed the recommended daily intake?

Some may believe that taking too much of something is better than not taking enough, but that is not the case.

This is especially true for protein. Consuming too much protein can be harmful to your health, and your vital organs.

Read more to find out the risks of eating too much protein and how to monitor consumptions.

What are the daily serving recommendations for protein?

For women, the average daily serving would be approximately 46 grams and for men 56 grams.

The purpose of protein

Protein is beneficial in a variety of ways. When it comes to working out, specifically strength training, eating protein can help repair and rebuild muscles.

Eating a breakfast that is hearty in protein also helps with keeping us full longer, making it harder to eat unnecessary snacks throughout the day.

Studies have shown that eating the daily recommended amount of protein can help lower the risk of having a stroke.

Risks of high protein diets

Kidney problems

  • One of the most dangerous reasons for controlling protein intake is the damage it can do to our kidneys.
  • Our kidneys are responsible for clearing out the waste in our bodies, and if we are in taking high amounts of protein, studies have shown this could do long-term damage because they are forced to work harder than normal.


  • Blood urea nitrogen is one of the waste products that are created by the kidneys when it clears out our system.
  • So naturally, the more protein we consume, the more work our kidneys are required to do and more blood urea nitrogen that is produced.
  • Studies have shown that high levels of blood urea nitrogen cause dehydration in the body. This is because the body requires more water to flush out the nitrogen.

Weight Gain

  • Protein is a great addition to your diet that helps with muscles repair, especially for those that participate in body building or strength training.
  • But protein is high in calories, and without cutting calories in other parts of your diet, you may find that you are gaining weight instead of losing it.
  • If you are looking to add more grams of protein to your diet, it is vital that you adjust your diet accordingly, cutting out empty or unnecessary calories.  


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