Protein: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Ron Rosedale recommends adequate protein and warns that excess protein is bad for health.

He gave this talk at the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) meeting Oct 31, 2006. They’re medical experts who work to reduce obesity. As part of the 2006 presentations, the ASBP included a special segment that featured low-carb diets, researchers and scientists who are connected to the Nutrition and Metabolism Society. Special thanks to Instatapes for recording this presentation.

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The good, the bad, and the ugly of protein.

The good, and that’s pretty good, is that we can’t live without it. It is a required nutrient. It’s an essential nutrient. Unlike carbohydrates, which is a nonessential nutrient, which means you don’t have to have any. With carboydrates, you can make whatever you need. With amino acids, you have to take some of them in.

Then we could go into a lot of the miscellaneous problems with proteins. I’m not going to go into that a lot. A lot of articles will show detriments to protein, and as Mike Eades mentioned, there’s a lot of articles will show it’s not detrimental. So it’s confusing. Whenever it’s confusing, it means you’re not going into it deep enough. You’re not go-ing deep enough into the basic science of it all.

Dairy products aside, when past and present meat consumption is factored in, there’s a three times risk of developing Alzheimer’s in meat eaters as opposed to vegetarians. Is that true or not? I don’t know. I don’t place a lot of emphasis on this kind of study. I want to go deeper because there is a lot of confusion. Here’s another study: High protein diet may precipitate a progression of coronary artery disease. Through an increase in lipid deposition and through inflammatory and coagulation pathways. Now if this is true, there must be underlying causes of this. That’s really what you want to get into to determine the truth of something.

We know that high protein can raise glucose. And I’m sure Mike Eades showed you studies where a high protein diet reduced blood sugars and was better for diabetics. But the question is, compared to what. If you compare a diet to the average American diet. If you change anything in the average American diet you’re going to improve it. Improving the American diet is not a trick. It’s like a race between a one-legged man and a grandmother. Who cares who wins that?