Are High Protein Diets Harmful?
A new study in Cell Metabolism on the benefits of low-protein diets has some saying that high-protein diets are as harmful as smoking.
In this article, Dr. Wahls takes a closer look at the study and its limitations. She stresses the importance of not only considering what one eats, but also how lifestyle factors such as toxin exposure, activity level, socioeconomic status, personal relationships, and stress can affect health status.
Many factors contribute to health and vitality, and Dr. Wahls presents a different randomized study that measures the effects of consuming 6 servings of vegetables and berries a day. In this particular study, lifestyle factors were controlled for, and results showed improved blood vessel health, a positive effect that can lower the risk of heart disease.
Dr. Wahls’ recommended diet, which includes 6 to 9 cups of non-starchy vegetables and berries a day as well as animal protein, is detailed in her new book, The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine. This nutrient-dense diet keeps insulin levels low but does not deprive the body of sufficient protein and other nutrients. Eating meat is not likely a problem if you have excellent health behaviors such as getting regular exercise, maintaining a rich social network, not smoking, and practicing stress management.
When it comes to protein and fruits and vegetables, Dr. Wahls says, “You can have both [meat and fruits and vegetables] and thrive, so don’t be afraid of meat…for the best health outcome.”
Read the full article here and learn more about the Wahls diet by ordering The Wahls Protocol.
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