According to a recent study, high protein diets may cause cancer. This is shocking news for anyone who eats a lot of protein to grow muscle.
The idea behind the study is that protein allows cells to grow faster, so if there are cancer cells they will also be able to grow faster.
We asked nutrition expert Dale C. from SolvingNutrition.com for his take on the matter. Here’s what he said:
While this study seems to be potentially groundbreaking work, it’s important to remember that it’s just one study. Once more studies are done that suggest the same result I will look into it more.
The thing is, that even athletes don’t need to take in that much protein. Following a diet plan like Paleo even doesn’t require you to eat that much meat, that’s just the impression that people who have never done it get.
This study is more interesting because it provides insight into what may be the upper limit of a healthy protein intake. Further research will be very interesting.