Following the traditional western diet or following the USDA food pyramid you are most likely eating a diet based high in protein. From protein powder, protein bars and protein packed meat, it is everywhere. But before you eat another bite, read about the 7 reasons why a high-protein diet is potentially bad for you.
#1 Protein overload = Fat growth
While high-protein diets can trigger weight loss, this results in mostly a consumption of fewer calories because of protein hunger suppression. Consuming more protein than what your body needs could trigger a conversion of protein into fat. A study conducted by John Hopkins University found that those who consume the most meat ate an average of 700 calories more per day and finding the right balance between enough and too much is tricky.
#2 Body is designed to eat plants
The closest living relative to human beings is chimpanzees, natural herbivores. These primates live on vegetables, fruits and starches. Unlike chimpanzees, humans eat a more meat and dairy based diets acting like carnivores.
#3 Lead to disease and other health problems
A high-protein diet can lead to osteoporosis, cancer, impaired kidney function, and heart disease. Not only that, it might even contribute to yeast overgrowth and fueling cancer cell growth. These are all things I don’t want.
#4 Decrease your strength performance
Think you need protein to be strong? Wrong! Elephants, gorillas, rhinos all eat plants and are known to be some of the toughest, strongest beings on our planet. Overemphasizing protein can hinder your performance. Some of the most powerful and strongest athletes are eating less protein to enhance their performance. NFL player David Carter and UItra-endurance athlete Rich Roll have moved away from a high-protein diet to enhance their performance.
#5 Lower nutrient levels
There are some suggestions that by eating less meat or dairy, your body is going to get less nutrients or be nutrient deficient. Plants are loaded with protein. By focusing on eating more plants, vitamin intake and overall nutrition goes up than compared with a meat-based diet.
“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants” – Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food
#6 Government wants you to think it is good
I don’t want to sound like I am anti-government but I do want to point out the establish corruption that runs rampant in our society. It is not new information that our government takes money from industries to help support the interest of those industries. But what was shocking to me was the amount of collusion and the amount of dollars spent to drive our behavior towards a high-protein diet.
USDA, which creates our food pyramid, has receives money from animal product industries.
The dairy industry spends at least $50 million promoting it’s products in public school.
The dairy check0ff program gives money to market cheese heavy products ($12 million to Dominos)
Meat and Dairy industry spnd at least $557 million promoting their good annually through checkoff programs.
Meat and Dairy industry spend at least $138 million lobbying congress. Read about it here, here, and here.
#7 Eating more plants can help fight disease
Let’s end on a positive note. Plants are known to help fight disease. Did you know that a plants have been proven to reverse diabetes, reverse heart disease, reduce cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure, avoid a major cardiac event, reduce cancer cell growth, help with crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
The moral of the story is to eat more plants. Recently, our family introduced “Meatless Monday” into our eating habits. Meatless Monday a global movement that was launch in 2003 as a way to reduce toxins in our bodies and in our environment. We loved the recipes as well as the fact it helps us live our lives less toxic that we have implemented it on a more regular basis.