Most people in the U.S. have diets that are adequate in protein without the need for supplementation or consuming excess protein intentionally. Only elderly women, strict vegetarians with an unbalanced diet, and people with certain conditions, including eating disorders, are at risk for too little protein consumption. Protein, while typically associated with meat consumption, can be found in a variety of other foods, like nuts and seeds, milk products, tofu, eggs, dry beans, and peas. Even some grains, vegetables, and fruits contain a small amount of protein.
Eating more protein than your body needs can interfere with your health and fitness goals in a number of ways, including weight gain, extra body fat, stress on your kidneys, dehydration, and leaching of important bone minerals.
Granted, your body needs protein. Protein and its array of amino acids are the primary building blocks for your muscles, bones, and many hormones. You cannot live without it.
Excess Protein May Fuel Weight Gain, Yeast Overgrowth, and Cancer
There are a number of reasons why I believe it's prudent to limit your protein intake. The first is that if you eat more protein than your body requires, it will simply convert most of those calories to sugar and then fat. Increased blood sugar levels can also feed pathogenic bacteria and yeast, such as Candida albicans (candidiasis), as well as fueling cancer cell growth.
Excessive protein can have a stimulating effect on an important biochemical pathway called …
The recommended amount of protein consumption is about 10%-35% of your daily calories. Adult women need, on average, 46 grams of protein a day, while adult men need about 56 grams. A 3-ounce portion of meat has about 21 grams of protein, and 8 ounces of yogurt has about 11 grams. One cup of dry beans contains about 16 grams of protein.
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