Is Too Much Protein Bad For Your Kidneys? EndurElite Chief Endurance Officer Matt Mosman discusses why this is largely a myth and the ideal amount of protein athletes should be eating on a daily basis
Ever wonder if eating too much protein is bad for your kidneys?
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Ever wonder if eating too much protein is bad for your kidneys? This is gonna be the topic of our 60-second brain bomb for today. Now, this myth needs to die like the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot because there is no truth to this unless you have a pre-existing kidney issue.
The theory goes when you eat too much protein the kidneys are forced to work harder to break it down and expel the additional nitrogen, but again, no truth to this. And there's been a couple studies conducted on this very topic.
One was done by José Antonio back in 2015 where he had subjects consume three grams of protein per kilogram body weight daily for over a year. And at the end of the study when they crunched all the numbers, they found that the additional protein, like three times the RDA, had no negative effects on blood lipids, kidney function or liver function.
Now, this isn't to say you could just eat a ton of protein just to eat a ton of protein. If you're an endurance athlete shoot for about 1.6 to 1.8 grams per kilogram body weight daily to promote muscle repair and recovery.