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Myths about Proteins

Proteins also known as the building blocks of our body are large molecules that our cells need to function properly. They consist of amino acids. The structure and function of our bodies depend on proteins, and the regulation of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs cannot exist without them.

 

Even after living in the 21st century there are various myths pertaining to protein consumption. The worst generalization in the history of nutrition is regarding proteins. There are various types of proteins and each has its own benefits.

 

Myths about Protein

Myth1: In case of women Protein Will Cause them to Look Bulky.

Protein supplements and women don’t go hand in hand. Believing in myths women shy away from protein and do not try to think practical and logical. It’s very important for every individual consuming protein or thinking to start protein to clear all their doubts and get all facts sorted. Masculine physique in males is not only due to consumption of protein in but because of their hormones, hence thinking ladies consuming protein will get a masculine figure is out of question. Anybody consuming protein gets stronger, and gains lean body muscles. Testosterone in males is a reason for their manly physique which is just a fraction in females. Adding on protein to your diet will not make you gain muscles like your male counterpart. Excess protein won’t necessarily increase your muscular development. Excess protein gets broken into amino acids to be used as fuel or excreted, so don’t worry too much about this myth.

 

Myth2:

A Higher-Protein Diet Is Hard On Your Kidneys

High protein diet causes your kidneys to work a little extra but there are no major studies which link high protein diet to kidney problems. However if your kidney has pre-existing problems, you would surely want to monitor and be a little extra cautious about adding protein to your diet.

If you think you are a physically fit and active person you can surely increase your protein intake. However something which is neglected on high protein diet is that high protein diet can be dehydrating, hence if you are on a high protein diet the level of water consumption should also increase consciously.

 

 

Myth3:

All protein is equal

Apart from water and soda everything that goes into our mouth has certain amount of proteins. We get protein from various sources; however the quality of protein from all the sources differs. There is a huge difference between animal protein and plant protein as animal protein is complete protein whereas plant sources are not. Hence a combination of protein is essential.

 

Myth4:

You can only assimilate 30 grams of protein at one sitting.

The body has the ability to digest and absorb much more than 30 grams of protein from a single meal.

There are no full proof studies which to say that more than 30g of protein at once cannot be absorbed by the body. Let’s say you’re on a high calorie diet.  Maybe you’re into bodybuilding or you’re training for an athletic event.  And now you limit your protein intake to 20-30g per meal.  What else do you fill up with?  Carbohydrates or fats? Muscle protein synthesis isn’t the only reason to eat more protein.  There’s satiety, the thermogenic effects, the impact on the immune system, and much more. It seems to me that whether someone’s on a hypoenergetic diet (low calorie) or a hyper energetic diet (high calorie), the one macro-nutrient they would want to be sure to “overeat” (relatively speaking) would be protein. If you are going to maximize muscle growth you have to minimize muscle loss, and maximize protein synthesis. Research clearly shows this is accomplished with heavy training, adequate calories, and very importantly high protein consumption. This means that meals containing more than 30 grams of protein will be the norm. Not to worry, all that protein will certainly be used effectively by the body.

 

Myth 5:

Eating more proteins keeps your weight down.

Eating more proteins keeps your weight down if you swap your protein intake with carbohydrates. However if in addition to your regular dietary intake you increase protein levels it will not help you lose weight. Proteins increase satiety and keep you fuller for a longer period. Incase you are adding protein in your diet to reduce weight it is highly recommended to swap carbohydrate calories with protein calories as simply adding proteins to whatever you are eating won’t help.

 

Therefore with all the above points it is clear that there are more myths than facts in regard to protein. It is very important to understand how to include protein in the diet as they are the building blocks of the body. Half knowledge is dangerous as we all know hence we should always try to get complete idea with respect to what we eat.

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