MYTH BUSTING- PROTEINS AND AMINO ACIDS ARTICLE REVIEW
This article posted on Authority Nutrition was excellent because it highlights and brings to light a common concern among people which is, can too much protein be a bad thing?
In the article, it gives a basic understanding as to what a protein is. Its definition states, “Proteins are the building blocks of life and every living cell uses them for both structural and functional purposes.”
For the layman, it doesn’t dive too deep into the biochemistry; instead it gives a rudimentary understanding of the structure of proteins, mentioning amino acids linked together like beads on a string. It also talks about the essential amino acids and where is the best place you can find them. It also mentions how much protein an individual should intake daily, varying for different people with different needs.
For the health conscious among us, the article also clears up the misconception; does protein leach calcium from our bones? The theory, according to the article, states “protein increases the acid load of your body, which causes the body to take calcium out of the bones.” So are these things true? Of course not!
The paragraph then gets into the science behind it and even references other studies contradicting the theory. Then the point concludes with some facts slapped right in yo’ face!
The third point to get across is for the fitness buffs. This segment of the article tells you all about the benefits of eating a lot of protein. Some of these benefits include:
- A positive effect on muscle mass
- Increased energy expenditure
- A high satiety value
- A lowered risk of disease.
But of course as we all know, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. There is a limit to how much protein you should consume. The last point in the article tells us about the amount of protein you should consume on a regular basis as opposed to if you were sick, or an athlete or body builder.
All in all, the article was great. I give it an 8 1/2 amino acids out of 10.
- Authority Nutrition. “The Protein Myth – Is Too Much Protein Bad For Your Bones and Kidneys?.” 2013. http://authoritynutrition.com/is-too-much-protein-bad-for-you/ (accessed 17 Feb 2014).