written by Andrea Arcuino
We all know that protein is a fundamental component into building muscles, hormones and are even used as an energy source, but can eating too much be harmful to your body?
Surprisingly, consuming too much protein can actually be damaging towards your health. There are a range of health effects which can be associated with excess protein intake such as:
– Weight Gain: This is because the extra protein, which is unneeded is converted into sugar and then fat, resulting in weight gain.
– Kidney Disease: Kidneys assist with filtering waste products (they keep all the good nutrients in our bodies and help eliminate all the harmful substances). One of the waste products created in our bodies from protein is ammonia which becomes urea (and later turns into our urine), when people who eat more protein than their body needs, their kidneys will have more filtering and work to do, putting more stress on the kidneys as they have to regulate more waste products from protein. This results in kidney disease.
– High Cholesterol Levels: When you consume too much protein, This may result in many harmful health effects such as heart attack and stroke.
Nutritional Deficiencies– if you’re diet is high in protein only, you may be lacking other nutrients. This is because if you focus on only protein, you may fail to consume enough of other nutrients which are needed throughout the day – make sure your diet is abundant in all kinds of different foods and nutrients.
Does that mean I should decrease protein in my diet?
Now, before we go all anti-protein and go on the verge to try to eat as little protein as possible, these negative health effects only occur to people who eat a hefty load of protein (about 200mg or more) – eating 200mg is equivalent to eating five egg whites, 170 grams of chicken breast, 2 cups cheese, 170g of beef, ½ cup almonds- in one day!) To be honest, unless you’re an athlete or body builder, I don’t think you’ll be eating this much in a day. And even then, I’m sure these athletes see health professionals who look after their protein intake. As long as you eat the recommended daily intake of protein it’s highly unlikely that you’ll experience these negative health effects due to protein.
How much protein do I really need?
The amount of protein differs depending on you age, weight and gender. If you want to find out what is best for you, we recommend speaking to your health professional.
When Natural Convenience was creating their Bliss Balls, they decided to not add an extra protein formulas to them. However, people wanting to add protein into the kits can still do so to super charge their creations. Natural Convenience has a wide flavor variety of Bliss Balls, including, Choc Mint, Matcha (green tea), Chocolate, Vanilla and Hazelnut to name a few. These kits are packed with natural ingredients, which are prominently organic and all ingredients required to create the final product are included, so there is no need for you to go out and source any of the ingredients!!
Don’t forget that we love seeing your creations, so take a picture and tag us at #naturalconvenience so we can share it with our community.