Sunday, September 7, 2014

Too much protein in middle age 'as bad as smoking'

Too much protein in middle age 'as bad as smoking'



One of the components of health that we discussed is physical health, and a big part of physical health includes eating the right foods. Growing up, many people believe they are eating the right foods for themselves until something bad happens or people tell them otherwise. Personally, my dad always told me to eat more protein, and therefore I believed that protein was the ultimate food quality that I needed to find in every meal. Reading this article really shocked me because around 80% of my diet consisted of protein-based foods. I still think I will continue to eat like I have mostly because I feel healthy, but it also has my mind thinking of other things that I normally do that can contribute to me having a longer, healthier life.

Now knowing that my diet is a lie, I'm curious as to see what else can either benefit or detriment my life. What other choices can teens make in their diet to lead healthier lives? What does it really mean to "eat healthy"?

13 comments:

  1. Although you may feel healthy, feeling does not represent how healthy you may be internally. Does your body type and activities relate to how much protein you can consume? Teens should be aware of the right foods that they personally should or shouldn't be eating.

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  2. Sadly, the article doesn't articulate whether body type affects how much protein you can intake in a healthy manner. My guess is that it does have certain variations based on body type and activities, however it might just be proportional to your body type.

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  3. Protein is one of the food source we need on every food we eat everyday. According to your article, having too much protein is bad for your health. But protein is what we need to allow our bodies to perform basic functions, maintaining tissues and building new cells.

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  4. I agree with AJ by the fact that protein is needed for our bodies to function, but maybe the article is saying that people shouldn't eat as much meat as they are. It is interesting that the article said that eating too much protein is like smoking for your health. I think that maybe cutting down would be better for the animals and for us. But, how is this high-protein diet causing poor health tested? Or is it not tested?

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  5. I believe that protein is the the best part of the food group. The article really surprised me about how to much protein is bad for you. I disagree with to much protein, but agree with Hannah about how is it bad to have to much?

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  6. I feel like there are too many holes in this article. What does it mean to be "middle aged"? What age range is that? Do we have to forgo ALL proteins (which really isn't possible, protein is a necessary component in our diet), or should we just watch where we get this protein from? How much protein CAN you consume without it being unhealthy? It's an interesting topic but there was very little elaboration, elaboration that I feel is important.

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  7. I agree with Jenna Bell because I found this article extremely intriguing but that it is missing many details. I found it interesting and surprising that too much protein could be bad for your health because, as an athlete, my food choices consist mainly of protein for energy. Also, I thought that this article was missing some details because it repeatedly said that too much protein was unhealthy but that a moderate amount of protein was okay but it never specified how much protein was moderate and how much is too much. I found this article very interesting but I would like to know more details before I changed any of my food choices.

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  8. I agree with Jenna when she says the article isn't clear. However, I think it depends on how active you are to determine whether you are consuming too much or too little protein.

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  9. i feel that to eat healthy is to eat alot of fruits and vegetables because if we do this, people will be able to leave longer.

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  10. I remember watching a documentary called Eat, Fast, and Live Longer by Michael Mosley from PBS, it talks about how having too much protein affects greatly your chances of getting diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. There are people who control their calorie intake extremely strictly and never exceed the limit. It surprised me that most of us have greater chances of getting many health problems because of the protein we consume. However it doesn't mean that we have to stop eating all the meats and protein foods, it's just that we need to control the intake to an appropriate level.

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  11. Its a fact that too much of anything is bad for you, even water. I believe balancing out the protein levels in your diet might be a better choice for your body, but protein is necessary to be healthy, and the more you work out, such as in football, the more protein your body might need.

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  12. I agree with Mia because anything is bad for you to a certain extent if you consume too much of it. Like she said, the more you work out then the more of a necessity it is to eat more protein. In my opinion, I don't see it as being a problem because it should balance out with all the physical activities and make up for what was lost/gained.

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  13. I agree with Stewart that this article was sort of shocking. Growing up and learning about the food pyramid protein was always emphasized so highly and my parents would always ask me there's protein in the meal that I'm eating. The fact that protein is so widely publicized as being an essential component of all meals makes this article all the more surprising. Hopefully, if this information really is the case, it will be spread so all people can have a healthier diet.

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