is a critical part of any diet, but too much protein can cause
An excess of
protein can result in:
• Bad breath
• Mood swings
• Weight gain
eat too much protein are predisposed to kidney stones," says
Sarah Axtell, a naturopathic doctor and founder of Lakeside Natural
Medicine in Shorewood. "There’s no fiber in protein-rich foods,
and people forget to balance out their protein with vegetables."
source of protein is meat, and Axtell says what kind of meat we eat
makes a huge difference.
protein, quality does matter. We are not only what we are eating, but
we are what the animals are eating," he says.
eating meat and eggs derived from grass-fed animals reduces
inflammation in the body by supplying the system with the proper fatty
acids. "Most of the American diet consists of poor quality
meat," says Axtell, who adds that excess dairy, sugar and gluten
can also cause digestion problems.
recommended balance for a daily diet is 30 percent carbs, 30 percent
protein and 40 percent fat. Protein can also be consumed through
plant-based sources such as nuts, seeds, beans and legumes.
balance can help stabilize blood sugar and lead to better
health," Axtell says.