However, this debate would also be based on whether or not the two diets are really ideal for you. But before we get too much into that, let’s first agree on what a healthy diet is all about. The dictionary defines it as “a diet of food rich in nutrition that allows you to achieve or reach your target weight”. So then, if your goal is to lose weight, then obviously you need a diet that is high in protein.
It is also advised that you stay away from animal protein as well, since animal protein is considered to be low in quality protein. However, this low quality protein can still cause damage to your body. Animals raised for food tend to be more obese and have higher incidences of arthritis and other diseases compared to those that were not fed animal protein. That said, the debate on the high protein diet still stands, even though most studies are pointing to the fact that a diet high in protein alone is not enough to ward off or prevent osteoporosis. However, this increased risk would increase particularly, especially in elderly adults, since physical activity usually reduces with age similarly to energy consumption, so the increased risk of a high protein intake in such diets which are not very rich in protein.
Reduce The Risks Of Heart Disease
The animal protein diet high in protein has been considered to reduce the risks of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. All these risks are associated with the consumption of animal protein, not with the consumption of plant protein. So, this is where the real difference lies. Plant protein, like tofu, does contain some cancer causing agents, but they are almost completely absent in animal protein. It is said that eating red meat causes cancer of the colon and prostate, but this is a bit of overkill considering that the vast majority of people eat red meat rarely, if at all, in the United States, so it is probably not the case.
So, what about the kidney? In animal protein diets, the kidneys suffer damage as well. Animal protein tends to create an environment that facilitates the growth of kidney stones. This is because animal protein is high in nitrogenous waste products. If you were to take a look at a piece of steak, you might not see much of the kidney stone, but you will probably see some blood in the meat.
The Kidney Stones
In a person who is not vegetarian, the kidney stones created by animal protein tend to pass out through the urine, but they tend to stay lodged in the bloodstream, so the blood vessels to the kidney also become blocked, as is the case with people with kidney stones. And, animal proteins tend to cause potassium levels to drop considerably, thereby increasing the likelihood of kidney damage. The kidneys are designed to remove excess fluids from your system, and a decline in fluid levels is one of the primary causes of kidney stones. By substituting high animal protein diets for those low in sodium and potassium, you can prevent kidney stones and other kidney problems.
There are several reasons to avoid high protein in the diet. One is that there is a risk of growth deficiencies. When you feed animals high in protein, they may end up being malnourished, or underdeveloped. Malnutrition can creep up on a horse or dog before they are ready. It may not happen in human beings, but it is a risk when feeding farm animals, because modern farms are much closer to the equator than were the past farms.
High animal protein diets also have a tendency to cause a rise in cholesterol and blood pressure. This can be dangerous because hypertension is one of the precursors to heart disease. It tends to run in families. The animal protein diet can also increase cancer risks. There is a definite link between an animal protein diet and cataracts. This is not something to take lightly. What’s the answer? The best approach is to eliminate animal protein from your diet completely for a short time until you start to feel better. You will want to increase your whole food intake back to what it was before you made the switch. You will probably find that you need to make some other changes to your diet as well, such as cutting back on salt and potassium and getting more fiber.