Carbohydrates. Fat. Protein. Those are the three main dietary intakes you consume on a daily basis, with nutritionists recommending your diet consist roughly of 50% carbohydrates, 30% fat and 20% protein. Over the years there has been a debate as to what the healthy range of consumption of these three components. As dietary fads come and go, gym popularity increases and new generations’ tendency to be careful with what they eat, it can be easy to see why questions regarding our recommended diet are being asked.
One component sticks out over the others however: protein. Every gym goers’ delight, and a staple of any meat aficionado, our protein intake has been fiercely contested. But what exactly does that mean?
Protein is integral to our body’s metabolism and ongoing health, it is present in all our cells, from our muscles to our organs, and is responsible for maintaining them in tip-top shape. In younger people and the avid sportsmen amongst us, protein is even more important, as it helps with muscle growth and development. However, like all good things, too much of it can start causing problems.
A diet rich in protein has been linked to several health issues such as high cholesterol, gout and kidney disease as well as promote kidney stones. Whilst none of those sound particularly appealing, there are several ways to limit your protein consumption, or at least reduce your risk of developing such afflictions.
Other than just cutting down on the amount of protein you are consuming either by dieting or reducing your portion sizes there are other options available to you. Plant-based protein tends to be smaller in value, requiring you to eat far more of it to attain levels seen in meat. Beans and legumes both contain protein, and can be used as a substitute in certain cases.
This isn’t to say that going vegetarian is the only thing you can do, it is more of a way to indicate in more than one way that eating a healthy, diverse range of foods without overdoing it can make wonders for your body and its health. A well balanced diet has always been the key to a healthy life, so keep in mind the above percentages as a guideline when you are making a decision about what you’re going to eat. After all, we can’t forget that whatever we put in our body will eventually affect us in one way or another.