A guy came into the gym yesterday asking how much protien is harmful. He said something about an article, so I got him to bring it in.
Its called the 80/10/10 diet and its from a mag called “Natural Health and Vegetarian Life” spring 2008 edition. The diet consists of 80% carbs, 10% fat, 10% protien.
Here are a few quotes from it:
“The Institute of Medicine and the Nutrition Board have undertaken an extensive study which shows that no additional protien is needed to account for increased physical activity.”
“Body builders who follow the 80/10/10 program find that, if sufficient calories are supplied from carbohydrates, their protein needs dramatically fall and their energy and muscle growth dramatically increase.”
“Most people overdose on protien and suffer from low energy levels, severe constipation and other digestive disorders that lead to acidic toxaemia (toxins present in the blood tissue). This leads to osteopoenia, osteoporosis,kidney disease, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, immune dysfunction and (eventually) cancer.”
The worst thing about the article is that the references are not to any scientific studies but to other (equally one sided) articles and books which also have no studies referenced.
As for the quote about body builders, there was no mention of names or references.
Anyway I thought it would be interesting to dicuss, and also if people would like to post links to actual studies on these issues it would be welcome.