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Overcoming High Blood Pressure, Issue #011 - Dangers Of High Protein Diet
December 02, 2011

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Dangers of High Protein Diet

Issue #011 - December 2nd, 2011

, protein is in part of every cell within your body and no other nutrients is so important in keeping you alive and healthy. So we'll be talking about the following:

  • How To Choose Your Protein

  • Did You Know Animal Protein Digest Easier Than Plant Protein?

  • Your Healthy Limits

  • Spicy Pumpkin Soup

How To Choose Your Protein

Your initial weight loss in a high protein diet is primarily due to water loss. But this type of diet doesn't work very well in the long run because they do not build your muscles, can be dangerous, and can increase your risk of heart disease, kidney and bone loss.

Though most high protein foods have plenty of vitamin B12 and iron, they are low in the other vitamins and minerals your body so badly needs.

Protein is important for the growth and repair of your muscles, bones, skin, ligaments, hair eyes, tendons and other tissues. Without protein you lack the enzymes and hormones your body need for metabolism and digestion.

Your body needs these different proteins to build your essential amino acids you must get from food. Of course it is easier to get them from meat, chicken, turkey, fish and dairy products.

These are just some of the dangers of high protein diet, so choose your proteins well.

Foods from animal sources provides your complete protein, and meats contains approximately 15% to 40% of all the essential amino acids your body needs.

After meat then legumes - like beans, peas and peanuts - have the most protein, but they are incomplete proteins because they do not have essential amino acids. But if you combine these proteins with plant food sources, like grains, seeds and vegetables, you get a complete protein.

So make sure your diet is a < href="">blood pressure diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, grains and other nutrients to keep you healthy and you'll escape the dangers of high protein diet.

Did You Know Animal Protein Digest Easier Than Plant Protein?

What is surprising is that your body can digest and use animal protein more easily than how it digests plant protein.

Choose lean meats, avoid excess fat at all times, and low-fat dairy products. Stew or bake your proteins so that it is easy to digest.

Legumes are the next type of proteins that are easiest to digest, then grains and then other plant sources.

Your Healthy Limits

You can eat too much protein, especially from meat and since it is so important to your body's building blocks, when your body only needs 50 grams. So your body gets rid of any excess, so long as you do not have any liver or kidney problems.

Your body is such a great machine that it recycles proteins from tissues that break down and uses it to make new ones, so you only need 10% to 15% of your total calories from protein.

Vegans need to be careful about eating and consuming the right amount of complete protein.

Maintaining a healthy weight is a lifelong mission so choose a lifestyle change that you can live with and at the same time enjoy eating. I remember reading this saying "You are what you eat," and that "Food is your best medicine". These saying have never been more relevant, especially when high blood pressure can be made much worse by a poor diet.

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Now that you have celebrated the holidays with so much food, the early weeks of winter is a great time for soups, allowing your body to rest.

Soups during the winter months, gives you and fills your home with warmth and wonderful aromas.

Pumpkin soups serves 8.


  • 2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced and one large onion, chopped, 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 medium sized pumpkin, seeded and cubed
  • 2 cups coconut milk and 5 cups water of vegetable stock
  • 6 lemongrass stalks, chopped
  • 4-5 dried Thai chiles, quartered
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, chopped


In soup pot over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil and saute garlic, onion and ginger until soft.

Then add pumpkin, coconut milk and water or stock.

Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat and simmer for about twenty minutes or until pumpkin is soft.

In a small skillet over medium heat, add the remaining grapeseed oil and saute chopped lemongrass, ginger and chiles until lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside.

Using any type of blender that you have, puree soup until smooth. Combine puree, lemongrass mixture and kaffir leaves into soup pot and simmer for 15 minutes.

Then serve and top with chopped scallions.


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