Over the last six or so weeks, I have been sending out a quiz that I created in google forms. I've mostly been sending it to people that I'm connected to on LinkedIn. This has been done intentionally and for a few reasons, but the biggest reason, I want to hear from people that do not know me like many of my Facebook connections.
Now that I have a few weeks worth of data collected, I've been spending some time looking over it and I have to say, the results have been interesting. If you want to take a look at the quiz, you can check it out here: https://goo.gl/forms/xET4v4M7mSvUsMrR2
Up to this point, there have been 241 people that have taken the quiz. Of those people, 181 answered number 10 wrong. The question was “Under normal conditions, too much protein can be hard on your kidneys”.
This means that 75.1% were under the impressions that to much protein could be harmful to your kidneys. Below you will find a few studies that shed some light on protein consumption and its impact on kidney health, but I can sum it up for you pretty quickly.
At this time, based off the research we have available to us (which is a lot), under normal conditions high amounts of protein are not harmful to our kidneys. This doesn’t mean that we need to neglect other aspects of basic nutrition, just that we can eat protein without the fear that it’s doing something harmful.
If you were under this assumption, I wouldn’t worry to much, as you can see from the numbers above, most people are under the same impression.
So what does this mean moving forward, well, regardless of whether you are looking to lose weight or build muscle, increasing the amount of protein you are consuming is going to be pivotal in reaching those goals. It’s important that you understand that protein is multifunctional in its capability in helping you reach your health and fitness goals.
At this point I’m sure you’re wondering where to start, well and the easiest thing to do is shoot for about 0.6 grams of protein per pound of weight. This is probably higher than what you are use to, and it’s lower than some of the recommendations that you will see from the research, but it’s a start in the right direction.
This is not the end-all-be-all answer to reaching your health and fitness goals. But, I think it's important that you understand that nutrition plays a large role in attaining any kind of goal, especially if it's in regards of losing or gaining weight.
Before I end the article, if you have any questions please leave them in the comment section below or you are always welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diets higher in animal and plant protein are associated with lower adiposity and do not impair kidney function in US adults.
Changes in Kidney Function Do Not Differ between Healthy Adults Consuming Higher- Compared with Lower- or Normal-Protein Diets: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
How much protein can the body use in a single meal for muscle-building? Implications for daily protein distribution.