7 Protein Myths Most People Believe

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

 

More protein helps you reduce weight. Your muscles get bigger with more protein. Meat is the only source of high protein hence vegans do not get enough protein. Red meat is not good for health. Dairy products are not good for us.

Above are the few longstanding myths about protein. We are here to clear out a few such myths about protein.

 
 

 

1. Protein’s main role is in muscle development.

Being rich in amino acids protein is not only found in your muscles but also plays a significant role in bone development and strengthening of your hair, ligaments, joints and tendons. Enzymes, hormones, antibodies and both LDL and HDL cholesterol depend upon the protein component. They support your immune system and also regulate blood glucose. Hence protein is a vital component to your entire body.

 
 

 

2. Cutting way back on protein is an excellent way to lose weight.

Insufficient protein can create difficulty in losing weight. This is because the situation causes your metabolism to slow down and reduces the rate at which your fat burns. Losing weight by cutting out protein will result in the reduction of your muscle mass and increase fat retention. Insufficient protein results in your immune system weakening. This causes regular fatigue, leg swelling (edema) and frequent illness.

 

3. Eating too much protein causes kidney disease.

Taking excess protein is only bad if you have an existing health condition, that has resulted in your kidneys being affected. A healthy kidney will be able to expel any extra or unnecessary components in the protein you take.

 

 

4. It’s impossible to eat too much protein.

It is always advised to go with a balanced diet. Most of the food choice rich in protein also come with a baggage of fat. This might lead to the accumulation of calories. Too much protein will also fill you up and results in there not being enough room for other necessary components.

 

5. Only the quantity matters and not the frequency.

The protein requirement of your body must be addressed evenly with every meal you have. It is important to have about 20 to 30 grams of healthy protein with every meal you have(i.e., along with essential components like vitamins, carbohydrates, etc).

 

6. You can’t get enough protein on a plant-based diet.

It might be easy for meat eaters to find a source of protein. This does not mean vegetarians have no potions of getting enough protein from their diet. Vegetarians have to make a well thought out diet plan and make sure they stick to it, to receive enough protein.

 

 

7. Everyone should take a protein supplement.

The proper requirement for protein per person is 0.4 grams for one pound of your weight. Hence a person weighing 100 pounds will need approximately 40 grams of protein on a daily basis. A normal sized chicken breast or a cup of Greek yogurt will help you get there. That being said, the protein requirement for certain people might be much higher, following their body weight and increased level of activity. Such people might need to get the additional protein from supplementary sources. Such protein you must be take in regulated quantities under the guidance of professionals.

  

 

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