Protein: You can get too much of a good thing

Body builders, gym rats and carb-cutters beware: You can actually consume too much protein, health professionals say.

Diets high in protein have taken our snacks meals by storm, but when it comes to protein, you can get too much of a good thing.

Eating more protein each day is a quick, effective way to become more lean, so today's popular grocery store brands are doing their part to serve the protein we crave. You've seen the new 'protein' labels on bread, cereal and snacks, right?

Depending on your current protein intake, incorporating these new products into your daily meals could mean you're consuming too much protein.

The main risks of excessive protein target your kidney stones and ketone bodies.

Packing in protein can lead to kidney stones, which affect your urinary tract. Mayo Clinic doctors said kidney stones can become concentrated, and then minerals in urine will bond. Even though kidney stones cause no permanent damage, passing them can be quite painful.

Often, high protein diets involve replacing carbohydrates with protein. Those carbs are important, as cutting them out can lead to ketosis - increased levels of ketone bodies.

Your body needs ketone substances for energy and good heart health, professionals of Princeton University said. When the ketone bodies levels get too high, your brain will turn from glucose to fatty acids for energy, which can cause the blood-brain barrier.

Research suggests the ideal protein intake for women is 46 grams daily, while men should get 56 grams.

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