Protein is more popular than ever and now we understand how important it is to a well-balanced diet. Gone are the low-fat diet trends of the 90s and here are the progressive diets that preach balance and portion control. Unfortunately there are still a bunch of myths about protein that needs to be debunked. So check out the most common protein myths and why they are false.
It only comes from animals
This is actually partially true as only animal protein contains all the helpful amino acids our bodies need. There are plenty of plant varieties that offer high levels of proteins but these are incomplete as they lack one or more amino acids. Now that science has caught up to nutrition we know you no longer need to eat all your nutrients in the same meal. We know that if we eat a variety throughout the day our body will store what it needs.
It’s bad for Kidneys
This is true only if you have a pre-existing kidney condition, all others with healthy kidneys can eat a high protein diet. It’s been debunked that high protein diets cause kidney issues, unless you are predisposed.
10 grams a day
Most of us aren’t eating enough protein in a day and if you are active you need to double your effort. Most of us eat around 10 grams a day when an active person needs twice that. It’s the building blocks of our muscles and when we are active our muscles need to repair.
It’s calories don’t count
People will tell you that protein doesn’t count against your daily caloric intake because we burn it as fuel. Just because you eat steak and eggs for breakfast doesn’t mean you don’t have to worry about portion control. Carbohydrates aren’t the only things that can add on pounds so go easy on protein as well.
Shakes after workout
Every gym rat has a protein shake after his or her workouts now and we aren’t sure where this trend started. If you plan on eating two hours after your workout then the added shake is just extra calories you don’t need. Why consume extra calories that you will need to burn to lose weight?
Quinoa is a good source
The popular grain Quinoa is often referred to as high in protein but in fact it’s around the same as rice and grains. There are many other vegetarian options that have higher levels than quinoa, so don’t be fooled by the hype.
Bone Broth strengthens your hair
Bone broth and hair both contain collagen so one would think that consuming the broth would strengthen our hair, but it doesn’t. The collagen is broken down by the body just like any other protein so it’s the same as any other amino acid rich food you eat.
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