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What are the side effects of too much protein and how much

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What are the side effects of too much protein and how much is too much protein consumption?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
There are no specific side effects of too much protein for an otherwise healthy individual. Since protein contains amino acids, a diet that is high in protein is also more acidic, but this is usually only a problem in people with chronic kidney disease, which is why they may be advised to eat a low protein diet.

However, a high protein diet is also usually low in fiber, so there may be problems with chronic constipation. A high protein diet also may be high in fat, so can be related to high cholesterol and heart disease. But neither of these problems are directly related to the high protein intake.

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