Although too little protein is not a good thing, neither is too much.
Protein supplies amino acids to build and maintain healthy body tissue. There are 20 amino acids considered essential because the body must have all of them in the right amounts to function properly.
Twelve of these essential amino acids are manufactured in the body but the other eight must be provided through diet. Foods from animal sources – such as milk or eggs – often contain all the essential amino acids while a variety of plant products must be taken together to provide all these necessary protein components.
After looking at 34 published studies in 16 countries, researchers at Yale University found that countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis including the United States, Sweden, and Finland are those in which people consume the most meat, milk, and other animal foods. They also found that African Americans, who consume on average more than 1,000mg of calcium per day, are nine times more likely to experience hip fractures than are South African blacks, whose daily calcium intake is only 196mg. On a nation-by-nation basis, people who consume the most calcium have the weakest bones and the highest rates of osteoporosis. Only in those places where calcium and protein are eaten in relatively high quantities does a deficiency of bone calcium exist, due to an excess of animal protein. The association between the intake of animal protein
and fracture rates appears to be as strong as the association between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.
Eat a moderate amount of protein. Too much (or too little) protein can lead to poor bone health.
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