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Busting Myth 8: Too much protein can cause bone and kidney damage

Carbohydrates and fats are often blamed for various health issues. The third macronutrient receives its share of attention in the news, too. Protein has been blamed for bone and kidney damage.

Let’s tackle these claims one at a time. An early study on protein detected that protein consumption was linked to increased urinary calcium, which was thought to lead to reduced bone mass over time. Later studies determined that urinary calcium was a poor measure for bone mass, and that protein actually had a protective effect or no effect on bone. Better research debunked the earlier research.

Another early study determined that high protein diets increased glomerular filtration rate (GFR), a marker for waste filtration in the kidneys. Some lept to the conclusion that increased GFR was a sign that increased protein put too much stress on the kidneys. Later research however, has shown that kidney damage does not occur as a result of a diet high in protein.

The Truth:

Protein, even in large amounts, isn’t harmful to your bones or your kidneys.

Source: Examine.com – an independent and unbiased source on nutrition and supplements

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