Is Dietary Protein Intake Bad For Your Kidney?

“Hey I heard eating too much protein will damage your kidneys!”

If you’re someone who’s been working out religiously and taking care of your diet correctly, you may heard a lot of your close friends or relatives giving you advice or comments that consuming too much protein will damage your kidneys.

Well how much of that is true? And how much is “too much” ?

Thankfully there are already quite a number of studies being done on this topic. For example, a study done by William F. Martin, et all titled – “Dietary protein intake and renal function” has a conclusion:

“While protein restriction may be appropriate for treatment of existing kidney disease, we find no significant evidence for a detrimental effect of high protein intakes on kidney function in healthy persons after centuries of high protein Western diet.”

Dietary protein intake and kidney disease

High protein diets are defined in the study as a daily consumption of greater than or equal to 1.5g of protein per kilogram of body weight. So if you’re a 150 pounds person, a high protein diet would mean you are eating 105g of protein per day minimally. Typical bodybuilders would eat more than that, somewhere in the range of 2g of protein per KG of body weight and above.

HOWEVER, if you are someone who already has some form of kidney disease, then you need to watch out for your protein intake. This is because of the excess nitrogen found in the amino acids that make up proteins. Damaged kidneys have to work harder to get rid of the extra nitrogen and waste products of protein metabolism.

People should understand, the main REAL root cause of chronic kidney disease are diabetes & high blood pressure. These diseases are not caused by high protein intake. They are caused by SUGAR and excessive refined carbohydrates.

Yes, it’s not whey protein or chicken or beef or eggs that causes kidney damage. It’s your excessive consumption of white rice, bread, cakes, pasta, soft drinks, candy, brownies, cookies, high processed junk food like instant noodles and that nonsense liquid known as Bubble Milk Tea.

So get your facts right, and time to stop these so-called ‘experts’ who give you unsubstantiated advice with proper data.

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