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The Very Real Risks of Consuming Too Much Protein

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  • Most Americans consume three to five times more protein than they need, along with excessive starchy carbs and not enough healthy fats
  • A more ideal protein intake is likely around one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass, which for most is 40 to 70 grams a day. Examples are given
  • Excess dietary protein can lead to elevated blood sugar, weight gain, kidney stress, leaching of bone minerals, and stimulating cancer cells
  • Restricting your protein to plant-only sources may create a sulfur deficiency and potentially accelerate age-related functional decline
  • Protein quality is as important as quantity; consuming a wide variety of high–quality, grass-fed animal- and organic plant-based whole foods is the best approach

By Dr. Mercola

With the popularity of "high-protein" diets, you might be tempted to believe you simply can't overeat protein. But the truth is that consuming excessive protein can actually be quite detrimental to your health. Eating more protein than your body needs can interfere with your health and fitness goals in a number of ways, including weight gain, extra body fat, stress on your kidneys, dehydration and leaching of important bone minerals.


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