7 Health risks of protein drinks

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 07, 2015

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Protein shakes, often consumed by body builders to gain muscles, can do more harm than good. However, there are not many people who know about the harmful effects of consuming protein shakes in excess.
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    The Hidden Risks

    Protein shakes are usually considered to be one of the best remedies for a fatigued body because they give a boost to one's energy levels almost instantly. Mostly made of milk, eggs and soy, protein shakes are often used by body builders. However, most people do not know the health risks associated with excessive consumption of protein shakes. If you are one of the unaware ones, here is some useful information on health hazards caused by protein shakes.

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    The ingredients present in protein shakes can be a cause of allergy in some people. It could trigger problems like diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.

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    Stomach Problems

    An upset stomach is one the most common problems experienced by regular drinkers of protein shakes. These shakes made from milk contain milk sugar lactose, which triggers stomach problems in people who are lactose intolerant. This can lead to bloating, diarrhea and cramps in the stomach.

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    Damage to Organs

    When protein is available in the form of shakes, people tend to consume it more. The excessive consumption of proteins leads to damage to the kidneys and liver, especially in people who already suffer from kidney or liver diseases.

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    Consuming Toxic Substance

    Some protein shakes can put you at a risk of getting exposed to their toxic substances like lead, arsenic and mercury. Shockingly, any of these ingredients cannot be found on the label of these protein shakes.

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    Weight Gain

    The extra protein that you consume through protein shakes gets stored in your body in the form of fat, which causes weight gain. Increase in weight is one of the most common health risks of protein shakes.

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    If protein shakes become the only source of protein for your body, the lack of natural protein can make you malnourished. Your natural diet contains various nutrients like calcium, iron, vitamins and minerals which are required for the body to stay healthy.

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    Heart Troubles

    Your protein shake diet can increase your cholesterol levels as some of the protein shakes contain fatty substances. Excessive consumption of these shakes can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

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