What role does protein play in our bodies?

Proteins are essential for the body’s daily activities. They also ensure normal function of muscles, organs, bones, and other tissues. Proteins are also important for the creation of hormones and enzymes as well as maintaining a healthy immune system.

What happens if you eat too many protein?

To function properly, your body only needs a small amount of protein. Consuming extra protein may not benefit your body. If excess protein is not used efficiently by the body it can cause a metabolic burden to the bones, kidneys and liver which could lead to health problems.

What is the right amount of protein?

The Recommended Dietary Allowances are the daily minimum intake of nutrients that is required to provide nutrition for nearly all individuals of a given age and gender. Singapore’s RDA protein is 68g for adults (males) and 58g for women (adults). While the RDA is sufficient to avoid deficiency, the ideal daily intake of protein depends on the individual’s age, activity level, body mass and current health.

Who doesn’t need more protein?

Individuals’ protein intake will vary depending on their health and stage of life. People with malnutrition, elderly people, those who cannot chew or swallow, and mothers or pregnant women who are breastfeeding may require protein supplements.

High-protein diets should not be recommended for health conditions.

While proteins are vital for healthy living, there are some situations where caution is advised. People with kidney disease or pre-existing conditions such as chronic kidney disease or kidney stones should reduce their intake of protein. Patients with diabetes-induced kidney damage (diabetic neuropathy) may benefit from a low-protein diet.

For individuals suffering from inherited protein disorders like Homocystinuria or Phenylketonuria, a low-protein lifestyle is the best treatment. These disorders often lead to a lack of the enzyme needed to breakdown the amino acids, which are the “building blocks” for protein. Amino acids can build up in the brain and blood, leading to serious consequences like brain damage.

When should I see a doctor

  • Before you start a high-protein diet, it is a good idea to consult your doctor or dietitian.
  • There are many factors that can impact our individual protein needs. It is important to have a balanced diet and exercise regularly.