Middle-aged men who pile on the protein could be at greater risk for heart failure than those who don’t, warns a new study published on Tuesday by the American Heart Association.
To examine the hazards of a high-protein diet, researchers followed 2,441 men between the ages of 42 and 60, each for an average of 22 years. They found that those who ate diets rich in meat and dairy protein were at a higher risk for developing heart disease than others who consumed plenty of fish, plant proteins (like beans and soy) and even eggs.
These results may run against the common belief, popularized by fad-diet forerunner Dr. Robert Atkins more than 40 years ago, that low-carb, high-protein diets are a healthful way to sustain weight loss.
Excerpted from the New York Post