Protein is an essential building block in our bodies but can we overeat protein? The answer is, Yes. Consuming excess protein can lead to weight gain, kidney damage and promote the loss of protein, sodium,and calcium via the urine, contributing to the risk of osteoporosis.
For the general population, approximately 1g of protein per kilogram of body weight is a safe amount and will provide thebody with enough protein to meetdaily requirements. For example, a 70kg person would need ~70g of protein per day. Main dietary sources of protein include meat, poultry, eggs, seafood, dairy food, nuts, legumes, and soy. By consuming protein-rich foods throughout the day- yoghurt with cereal, milk in a morning flat white, tuna at lunch and palm size serving of meat at dinner -protein needs can be easily met.
An increased protein intake may be necessary for people over 65 years old or trying to increase muscle massor those with other health considerations. Depending on an individual’s needs, protein supplements are rarely necessary as most requirements can be met through food alone. Some research shows that when you eat protein may be more important than how much protein you eat, particularly for body composition manipulation. A dietitian can calculate your protein needs, assess your diet and help with meal planning to ensure you are meeting your protein needs. If you would like your current eating habits reviewed and your needs assessed call 07 3880 3729 or send an email to [email protected] to make an appointment.
Alyce Rees – Accredited Practising Dietitian/ Personal Trainer
Food in Action – Dolphins Health Precinct, Redcliffe
Phone: 07 3880 3729
Email: [email protected]