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Protein myths: the 10 most common misconceptions about protein

Protein shock, Alzheimer's caused by protein, unhealthy animal protein, protein-overloaded food - these are all topics that you keep asking me and my editorial team about. Since I know how important protein is for your body, I would like to finally dispel the protein myths - and show you how to eat a really high protein diet.

Myth 1: We all eat too much protein

A sentence that I come across all the time - and that is not true. If you had enough protein in your body, you would be cheering, jumping, greeting every day in a good mood, being highly creative, and never suffering from a bad mood. But you certainly know that the reality is different. I can even measure it. I measure the protein level of each of my patients who have a blood test. It should be 8.6 g / dl blood. Then you will not only be adequately taken care of, but life will run smoothly again for you. But I almost never find such values. Most are below 6 g / dl. Therefore, the myth about too much protein cannot be true.

Myth 2: Too much protein causes protein shock and can even be fatal

A sentence that I cannot and will not believe. It has not been scientifically proven - to date it has not been possible to prove that too much protein is harmful. To get to the bottom of the matter, I tried the effects of excessive protein myself. I have eaten countless oysters, which are some of the most protein-rich foods there is. 100 g oysters contain 45 g protein. If there really were the protein shock triggered by too much protein, I could no longer write this article for you. But I am still in excellent health.

Myth 3: Animal protein is unhealthy

22% of the daily protein intake in Germany is covered by fat sausage and fat cheese. Of course, this way of protein intake is absolutely unhealthy. It enters your body in connection with fat, which calcifies the arteries, fills the fat cells and in the long run leads to obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Does that mean for you now: “Stay away from animal protein”? My answer is a firm no. Because animal protein is the highest quality protein there is. But it does not appear exclusively in the fat Sunday roast and in the thickly spread buttered bread. You also consume it when you eat low-fat dairy products like whey, cottage cheese, or yogurt. There is also plenty of protein in lean poultry and fish.

Myth 4: Protein puts a strain on the kidneys

The fact is: In the Stone Age, people consumed 35% of their total calories as protein - and Stone Age people did not die of kidney damage. Today protein only makes up 10% of our food on average. To this day, however, the human genetic blueprint has not changed. Therefore, as a healthy person, you can continue to eat protein without having to worry about your kidneys. However, if you already have kidney damage, you should reduce your protein intake.

Myth 5: Protein causes Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's occurs when protein breakdown products, the so-called beta amyloids, are no longer removed from the brain. These residues then form plaques, which first stick together and then destroy the nerve endings in the brain. However, this is not the protein that you take in with your food. Rather, they are completely normal breakdown products that arise in every body. But you can protect yourself against Alzheimer's: Your brain needs acetylcholine to properly transmit the nerve signals in the brain. This is formed from the substance choline, among other things. And that in turn is contained in eggs or fish, for example - protein-rich foods.

Myth 6: Egg white has the highest biological value

The white of the egg is theoretically the purest protein, chicken protein has a biological value of 100. However, if you combine vegetable and animal protein, you increase its value - even beyond 100%. The combination of potatoes and egg is 136, potatoes and quark have a biological value of 113, corn and eggs of 114, and beans with egg still a value of 108.

Myth 7: Protein leads to acidification

Protein is said to mess up the acid-base weight. Of course, protein does - if you only eat animal protein. But if you consume vegetable protein, for example from legumes, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, many bases are formed in your body, which balance and neutralize the acidic environment.

Myth 8: Protein makes you fat

That's right - if you consume the protein over the fatty sausage or the delicious roast. But the right protein can even make you slim. In other words: no diet works without protein. Because cleverly used protein from fish and poultry, legumes and lean dairy products not only makes you feel full, it also keeps your blood sugar stable. This will protect you from sudden food cravings. And egg white makes you warm. The principle is called thermogenesis: in the body, protein ensures that calories are released through the skin as heat. This is how you burn 100 extra calories a day. That doesn't sound like much - but it adds up to 36,500 calories or 5.2 kilograms of fat per year.

Myth 9: hydrolyzates are the best protein

People like to try to sell you so-called amino acid hydrolysates if you ask for a protein powder. It is pre-digested protein. This should be much more usable. That's right - if you are a high-performance athlete and have a lot of muscles that serve as protein stores. As a “normal person” you don't need this special protein. I only recommend protein powder if your levels are very low and you are protein deficient. In the long term, however, you should consume protein through your food.

Myth 10: Protein deficiency is relatively harmless

The importance of protein for our body is still underestimated - the protein deficiency is also underestimated. “Your protein level is just not that high, but that's not bad” is a phrase that doctors like to use. But protein deficiency can have serious consequences. First of all, your physical and mental performance will decline. A fact that many people attribute to other factors, such as stress, poor sleep or the weather. If the deficiency is not remedied, there will be symptoms of failure in the body: Your bones will become brittle, your immune system so weak that you will increasingly suffer from infections. In addition, a lack of protein reduces your fertility. Finally, a glaring protein deficiency accelerates aging and results in excessive fluid storage in the body tissue.

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