If you still remember who I am , I'd appreciate a little help. My schedule here at Governors School is packed, but I'd like to get a nice long response going to this email I got from a 'concerned friend.'
Now, I COULD respond to it, but I'm sure to leave stuff out. So I'm calling all of you out to dispute the myths of the general public and help adjust a couple of these.
12 Good reasons to avoid high protein diets
1. They violate almost every known fact about nutritionally balanced eating. For some
dieters, these diets can even be life-threatening.
2. Popular high protein diet foods are high in cholesterol and saturated fat, which are now
established as major culprits in heart attacks and strokes.
3. They overload you with protein, which results in loss of calcium from your bones, which
may lead to osteoporosis. Protein overload also pressurizes your kidneys as they try to
eliminate large amounts of urea, a by-product of protein metabolism.
4. They forbid foods known to lower the risk of heart disease and many cancers.
5. They deprive you of carbohydrates, the nutrient group most readily converted to
energy. Even moderately active people will notice this lack during exercise.
6. They deprive your brain of glucose, which it needs for normal functioning. The result is
a slowdown in thinking and reaction time.
7. They deprive you of the enormous benefits of fiber, which is a form of carbohydrate
8. They are deficient in essential vitamins. Indeed, some high protein diets even require
you to take vitamin supplements for the sake of your health.
9. They cause potentially dangerous changes in your body chemistry.
10. They run contrary to the latest World Cancer Research Fund Report, entitled
Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer.
11. They deliver temporary weight loss. But a large part of it is water weight and lean
muscle mass - not fat. (You lose water because your kidneys try to get rid of the excess
waste products of protein and fat, called ketones, that your body makes.)
Note: Weight gain is usually rapid when you go off the diet.
12. Finally, it's worth knowing that while your body burns up 23 calories for every 100
carbohydrate calories it 'digests', it only burns up 3 calories for every 100 fat calories it
'digests'. So a high-protein, low carbohydrate diet makes it easier for you to stay fat!
The average Western diet contains TOO MUCH FAT.
That's why an estimated 1 in 3 American children are overweight!!
That's why heart disease is the No 1 killer in America and Europe.
We should be eating less fat, not more.
High protein diets encourage high-fat eating and - for this reason alone - they
should be avoided.