Here we go again. Protein – how much is too much? Spotted this ARTICLE on one of the news gathering sites: 

How eating too much protein in middle age can SHORTEN your life: Experts reveal this result of low-carb diets could be seriously detrimental to your health.

Their thesis is that our needs change over our lifetime. In our early years, we may need 100 grams of protein a day, but that amount is reduced once you hit middle age – 50-65 years. Then it increases to stave off muscle wasting in our latter years.

They go on to posit that if you eat too much protein in middle age – you will be shortening your life expectancy. 

[A] team at the University of Southern California analysed the diets of nearly 7,000 middle-aged people, discovering that eating a high-protein diet between the ages of 50 and 65 increased the chances of developing cancer, diabetes and other life-limiting diseases.

But – here is the the thing – they are unable to really quantify the amounts. There are just too many variables to rely on the information they are selling.

What gets me is this statement – shouted at the top of their lungs:

[M]any of today’s low-carb diets recommend upwards of 30 to 40 per cent of total calories coming from protein.

I am unaware of any respectable Low Carb diet that is that High in Protein. Any person who works out is going to want 1 gram per pound of lean body mass. If you don’t work out – reduce that to .7 or .8. The end result is an average of 20% or less. Do the math!

The High Protein label on a Low Carb diet is obviously one which annoys the hell out of me because it is just not true.

Rant Over!

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