3 Protein Myths That Need To Die. EndurElite Chief Endurance Officer Matt Mosman discusses the top 3 protein myths and why they are complete poppycock!
The Top 3 Protein Myths Busted
Good morning family of fast. Matt Mosman, the Chief Endurance Officer over at EndurElite. Welcome to another episode of busting the bull. Now, over the last few weeks, I've come to discover that the content Google pushes into my feed on a daily basis is a virtual treasure trove of articles of complete and utter bull. But that is good news for me because that gives me a lot of information to pick apart and destroy. Now, the article I came across the other day was titled "12 Things You Need to Know About Protein" and I was like, "Well, I guess I'm gonna learn something new today." And that was my first mistake. These 12 things I needed to know about protein were complete bull. And by the time I got done reading it my head, it just wanted to explode. So, out of those 12, I picked three that are complete bull. And I'm gonna bust these three protein myths today. I would love to bust all 12 of them but I don't think I would have the patience and you would see my anger rise over the course of this video if I had discredit each of those 12 myths.
So, today we're just gonna bust the top three protein myths, and I'm not just gonna say, "Hey, these are complete bull." I'm gonna actually back it up how I usually do with the science and the research and not the bro science bull.
Myth #1: Too Much Protein Will Destroy Your Kidneys
So, the first popular myth about protein is, eating too much of it can cause kidney damage. And the theory goes like this, you eat too much protein, it forces the kidneys to work harder to expel all that extra nitrogen. Now, there is not one single shred of evidence in the past 100 years that shows eating too much protein impairs kidney function. Now, if you have a pre-existing kidney disorder, yeah, absolutely, you probably don't want... Well, you don't wanna eat too much protein. That can have really negative consequences. But in otherwise healthy individuals eating excessive protein is not gonna cause kidney damage. It won't. It just won't. And to back that up, there was a 2015 study done by Jose Antonio that had subjects eat three times the recommended amount of protein on a daily basis for four months. And at the end of this study, they did basic metabolic blood panels and tested for certain biomarkers, and one of those were indicative of kidney damage. But guess what? That blood marker for kidney damage remain the same. It wasn't elevated indicating kidney damage. So, that is myth number one busted.
Myth #2: Too Much Protein Is Bad For Your Bones
The second protein myth we're gonna bust the bullshit on is, eating too much protein is bad for bone health. And scientists once thought that by eating too much protein that this would cause excessive excretion of calcium from the bone and ruin your bone density. And again, this is total bull. And in fact, a 2003 study showed that chronic low consumption of protein can actually have a more negative effect on bone density and bone mass and overall bone health. And other recent research has suggested that eating a little bit more protein actually helps with absorption of calcium in the bones. So, myth number two busted.
Myth #3: Too Much Protein Will Give You Gas
Now for the third myth. Eating protein causes gas. Again, total bull. Unless you are lactose intolerant, that may cause gas. And otherwise, if you're using like protein shakes as your sole source of nutrition, yeah, you're gonna have gas and you're gonna be that person that annoys the shit out of your co-workers for dropping bombs in the toilet in the company restroom. But otherwise, if you are lactose intolerant, maybe switch it. Like if you do protein shakes, for example, switch to a whey isolate, honestly. That's all you really gotta do and just don't think by eating protein is gonna be causing you to...ripping farts all over the place. So, complete another bull.
Why Eating Enough Protein Is Important For Endurance Athletes
So, those are the three myths. Now let's just quickly discuss the importance of protein for endurance athletes. So, we all know protein is absolutely vital for muscle recovery and repair. And as an endurance athlete, you should be eating about 1.2 to 1.6 grams per kilogram body weight daily, maybe a little bit more if you're doing endurance training and strength training as well. Now, again, you don't have to go overboard on protein. And this is the way I like to look at it. If you're getting at least 20 to 25 grams of a good protein at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and then maybe throw in a protein shake or a little bit higher protein snack in between meals, you're probably gonna reach your protein requirements on a daily basis with ease. It doesn't have to be complicated. I mean, I see people post shit all the time about, "Oh, my breakfast was poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce, and I had a nice cedar plank salmon for lunch and a finely grilled seasoned chicken breast for dinner." I mean, who has time to make that crap? I have a fricking Jimmy Dean sausage in the morning, the turkey sandwich for lunch and a big ol' honkin pork chop for dinner and some protein shakes in between there and I meet my protein requirements on a daily basis. Honestly, if it takes more than 10 minutes to do, I'm probably not gonna make it.
So, that is all I have for today my endurance friends. If you have a buddy who believes in those protein myths, I want you to approach them today, raise your right hand and slap them across the face and then show them this video and say, "These myths are total bull." If you want other videos like this on endurance training, nutrition, and supplementation, subscribe to the EndurElite YouTube channel or head on over to the EndurElite blog at www.endurelite.com. Get social with us on Instaslam and Facebook. And until next time my endurance friends, stay fueled, stay focused, stay fast and stay informed.