A word of caution against excessive protein intake

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Abstract

Dietary protein is crucial for human health because it provides essential amino acids for protein synthesis. In addition, dietary protein is more satiating than carbohydrate and fat. Accordingly, many people consider the protein content when purchasing food and beverages and report ‘trying to eat more protein’. The global market for protein ingredients is projected to reach approximately US$90 billion by 2021, largely driven by the growing demand for protein-fortified food products. This Perspective serves as a caution against the trend of protein-enriched diets and provides an evidence-based counterpoint that underscores the potential adverse public health consequences of high protein intake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalNature Reviews Endocrinology
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

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