High Protein Consumption Increases Risk of Obesity
the MPR take:
The nutritional quality of the food you eat could influence your risk of high BMI and obesity, particularly if you consume high amounts of protein. A new study in the journal Nature evaluated the diets of 407 adults using the Healthy Eating Index 2010 (HEI-2010) and compared to body weight on a continuous scale independent of physical activity. While moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was a greater factor for having a lower BMI compared to diet quality, the results did show an increased risk for high BMI and obesity with a larger protein intake; a lower intake of sodium and empty calories was positively associated with having a lower BMI. The authors recommend that the emphasis on high protein content should be further evaluated.
Excess body weight is associated with an imbalance between energy expenditure and dietary intake but evidence on the association between diet quality and body composition remains equivocal. Rather than relying on differences in diet quality between overweight/obese and normal weight adults, this ...
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