With the popularity of high protein diets such as the Atkins diet and added protein products in our supermarkets (not to mention bulking powders and shakes) – you may be unknowingly taking in too much protein! Yes it is possible! Despite the popularity of protein diets nowadays, excess protein does not help – and may hurt – the body.
What are proteins?
Proteins are basic components in all living things and the human body has over 10,000 different proteins which are integral to the body’s normal functioning. They are necessary for enzymatic activity, immunity, cell signalling, and muscle work. They are also involved in repair and transport processes and are the building blocks for several cellular structural elements.
The FSAI states the recommended daily amount (RDA) of protein for your average adult in Ireland is set at 0.75g per kilogram of body weight. However individual protein requirements will inevitably vary, depending on the amount of physical activity one undertakes. For example, someone who lives a largely sedentary lifestyle does not need to consume as much protein as a professional athlete.
Eating too much protein can cause: