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15 Jul 2008

Any effects from excess protein?

I’ve recently been introduced to Quinoa, which I’m told is high in protein and a good substitute for carb heavy alternatives such as rice and cous-cous.
My question is, how does the body deal with excess protein and are there any side effects from eating excess protein?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Rodger
If you ingest an excess of protein (for example more than 2g per kg of body weight per day for long periods) then this can damage the kidneys and/or cause high blood pressure. In addition, high-protein diets derived from anima proteins (meat, fish, eggs) usually also increase the intake of fat, cholesterol and saturated fats, which can in turn lead to heart disease. However the quinoa you intend eating is a plant protein and as such will not contain excessive amounts of protein. It is also low in fat. I think you should be able to eat it with relative safety.
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