Are You Eating Too Much Protein?
The UK protein market is experiencing a growth spurt, with everything from bread and crisps to ice-cream boasting high levels of the nutrient. Fortified powders that were once the preserve of athletes and bodybuilders are now increasingly found in our supermarket staples – the stuff your parents buy. Protein, it seems, has been 'lifestylised'.
(Related: Which protein shake is right for me?)
Now, we at Men's Health have long championed the benefit of a healthy, protein-rich diet. But at what point does an obsession with hitting our macros come at the expense of balanced nutrition? And is a slice of whey-infused cakereallythat much better for you than the real thing?
(Related: The beginner's guide to protein)
Dr Mayur Ranchordas, a senior lecturer and sports nutrition consultant at Sheffield Hallam University, has a theory about our recent protein fixation, positing that it could simply be due to a process of elimination: “The key message nowadays is to reduce the amount of carbohydrate we eat, and for a long time we were told not to eat fat, either,” he says. “So protein is the only macronutrient left to fill the gap.”
In our March issue of Men's Health, on sale now, we speak to dietitians, doctors and industry experts to answer your key questions around protein-fortified foods and identify the sweet spot between 'too much' and 'not enough'. Pick up your copy to find out more.
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