Too Much Protein for Kids

Too Much Protein, Kids

So I got a text yesterday from a parent, “should I start my daughter on protein shakes?” Take a guess what my two-word response was… “Absolutely NOT.”

clipart-protein-powderI did elaborate after that and I did send her links to articles on why you should not give kids too much protein.

First of all, if your child eats, they are likely getting enough protein. Did you know there is protein in kale, peas, and some other vegetables? And there is protein in dairy, beans, nuts, oatmeal, and some breads?

Too much protein can cause damage to the body. It can lead to dehydration, loss of calcium, kidney stones, and even kidney dysfunction. Some protein foods have high nitrogen which makes the kidneys work harder to rid the body of the nitrogen through the urine. This can place stress on the kidneys. If the excess protein causes the body to reduce the calcium, that can affect bones and muscle contraction. Did you know that your muscles store calcium which is needed for every muscle contraction? That could make training for a sport very difficult.

So, why would you want to give your child excess amounts of protein? Yes, we all need protein, but too much of a good thing can actually be bad.

Google “too much protein for kids” and check out some of the articles.

Children ages 1 to 3 require 13g of protein per day.
Children ages 4 to 8 need 19g of protein every day.
Children ages 9 to 13 need about 34g every day.
Females 14 to 18 need 46g of protein every day.
Males 14-18 need 52g of protein every day.
Adults need about 0.7-0.8g per kg of bodyweight.
Elite athletes need about 1g per kg of bodyweight.

www.BestSportsConditioning.com

Listen to all of Karen’s Quick podcasts here, https://karengoeller.wordpress.com/karen-goeller-podcasts/

Please share the podcast page and click the LIKE button on the blog posts and pages.

Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
%d bloggers like this: