Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Higher" Protein Diet Isn't Bad For Women's Bones

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

Women who eat a lot of protein don't have to worry about a negative effect of protein on the health of their bones, a new study has found. In the past, it has been found that when meat is eaten, chemicals are produced that cause our bones to break down, but at the same time, the right amount of protein is important for bone health.

That may sound confusing to some, and it's the reason why the authors of this study wanted to do this research in the first place - to find out if there's a point where the negatives outweigh the benefits, i.e. how much is too much?

The young women participating in the study consumed between 6 and 28% of their total daily calories from protein to see if there will be negative effects on their bones at the higher or lower ends of the spectrum. Even at the higher range of the spectrum, the researchers did not find any negative effects on the participants' bone density over time.

Health Canada recommends that adults consume between 15 and 35% of our daily calories from protein for optimal health. Anything higher is considered a 'high protein' diet and is not recommended, as that will result in a lower consumption of fats and carbohydrates along with other vitamins and minerals that are found in those foods. In order to keep our bones strong and our bodies nourished, it's important to eat a variety of foods every day and avoid eating any one food group in excess!

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "High protein diet won't harm young women's bones"