Alert: Science Says High-Protein Diets Are Bad for Your Metabolism


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Protein is a contentious subject in the dieting conversation. Personally, I'm vegan, and whenever my diet comes up with someone I'm meeting for the first time, their first question is, invariably, "But where do you get your protein?!" They never believe me when I say I meet my protein quota with plant sources and that excessively high protein diets are simply trending right now in the weight loss world. It also never fails to strike me as odd when strangers seem so concerned with my nutrition—that is until I remember that it's not my personal health they're worried about. When people question others' food choices, it's simply a way to validate their own.

But I digress. The point here is that in our modern age of Paleo and gluten-free, protein is a hot-button topic.

In fact, brand new research out of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has something more to add about the potential effects of a high-protein diet. While experts accept the idea that high-protein foods are beneficial for weight loss, they were interested to see how a protein-heavy eating plan affects other aspects of our health. What the authors of this study found was a bit troubling.

To find out how a high-protein diet might be damaging to your health, read on.