The Truth About Protein And How It Affects Your Body

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

As a huge meat eater, I often get into discussions with others about the benefits and disadvantages to a diet that contains meat. A few of the first things thrown my way are the names of documentaries which highlight cruelty to animals raised for consumption, or the steroids used in chicken which will adversely affect my health in the long run. My life has turned into a constant whirlwind where I’m forced to defend the highly persecuted bacon, or whisper my preferred meat to the Chipotle chef’s, in fear of the Vegan paparazzi exposing me and calling in the troops to present more arguments of why I shouldn’t eat meat. I’m a peaceful man, so I’ve never gone after the beliefs of leaf eaters to challenge their choices, as they have the opportunity to enjoy their choice of nourishment in peace. Even when I claim that my meat is organic, grass-fed, and gently massaged to sleep before making it to my plate, I’m then met with protests that “Meat isn’t good for you anyway!” Where is your proof, leaf eater???


Benefits of a High Protein Diet

A high protein diet is beneficial for your health. Not just the aesthetic, building lean muscle mass helps muscle recovery, but protein is especially good for your heart health. A study was done to test the effects of a high amino acid (building blocks of protein) diet on heart health. It found that eating foods rich in amino acids could be just as effective as quitting smoking or exercising. Here’s the kicker, heart health are affected in two different ways — by plant proteins and meat proteins.

For Regal Leaf Eaters

I’m on the move now so you guys won’t find me, but here’s some useful info. You weren’t wrong in assuming a plant based diet. Although the screams of kale and beets ring around the world as you crush them into your juicers, proteins from plant based sources were found to lower blood pressure. Since high blood pressure is one of the the leading causes of heart disease, leading a full healthy life probably means including plants in your diet.

Now leaf eater’s, you’re not going to like this part, which is why I’m going into hiding. It turns out that the protein structures primarily found in meat based sources led to lower levels of arterial stiffness. We need those those artery things, don’t we.

These findings point to maintaining a balance in our diets, and including as many different sources of protein as possible. Let your hair down, enjoy a steak wrapped cheeseburger, topped with bacon and chicken strips, with freshly slaughtered cucumbers on the side. Your heart will thank you.

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