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We do not need nearly as much protein as we consume

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Posted 03 January 2019

USN, Evox, Nutritech and others claim that sportsmen and those wishing to tone their body, or lose weight, require 100% whey or supplementation with additional protein. BBC News reviewed these claims.

Many of us consciously eat a high-protein diet, with protein-rich products readily available, but how much protein do we really need? And does it actually help us lose weight? 

23 May 2018

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In the early 20th Century, Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson spent a collective five years eating just meat. This meant that his diet consisted of around 80% fat and 20% protein. Twenty years later, he did the same as part of a year-long experiment at the New York City’s Bellevue Hospital in 1928.

Stefansson wanted to disprove those who argued that humans cannot … Read the rest

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Bodybuilder’s death blamed on protein shakes

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Posted 16 August 2017

A diet of protein shakes and supplements has been found to have contributed to the death of a West Australian woman, sparking a warning from her family. Fitness model Meegan Hefford had been competing as a bodybuilder since 2014. 

It wasn’t until her autopsy that it was discovered she had a rare genetic condition which meant too much protein wouldn’t break down properly in her body.

“They don’t test for it routinely because it is such a rare condition. It says on all of the supplements to get medical advice, but how many young people actually do?” Ms White said.

She wants to see protein supplements better regulated and hopes her daughter’s story can warn others.

The Australian Medical Association says there’s no real health benefit to such supplements. And, while they may not be necessary for most people, they’re not dangerous to most, either.

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Protein hype: shoppers flushing money down the toilet, say experts

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Posted 28 December 2016

USN, Evox and other ‘sport-supplement’ sellers, have been making a range of unsubstantiated claims for high protein products, e.g., “100% Whey protein”. These vary from claiming to build muscle, make you bulk up, and “USN’s new 100% Whey Protein Plus provides the highest quality protein per serving for rapid uptake and its conversion into amino acids and muscle mass by your body” and “maximises muscle recovery & development”. CamCheck has constantly pointed out that these claims are unproven and rubbish (USN/Albe Geldenhuys is suing Dr Harris Steinman for R2 million for pointing out the falseness of his/their claims, among other, these).

An article published in The Guardian now also weighs in on this issue.

Some extracts:

“Consumers fuelling demand for high-protein products unlikely to see any benefits as people already eat more protein than they need, say dietitians. Experts have warned … Read the rest

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USN/Evox Protein supplements: what you need to know

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Posted 26 August 2015

Prof Associate Professor in Nutrition at Deakin University, wrote this piece for The Conversation. Titled, Health Check: here’s what you need to know about protein supplements,  it makes the point as we have pointed out on CamCheck before, that very few individuals, even sportsmen and women, need protein supplements.

But the decision to use them is based more on slick marketing claims than anything else; protein supplements offer few real performance benefits that an athlete’s normal diet isn’t already delivering.

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Protein supplements give no benefit to athlete’s performance

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04 July 2011
Posted 11 July 2011

Researchers in the Department for Health conclude that protein-based sport drinks are of no benefit to the performance of athletes.

The sports drink industry makes millions of pounds from selling drinks and other supplements to people who want to increase their energy and stamina while exercising.

But when scientists reviewed the effects of the supplements they found they offered no more benefits than the protein found in a normal balanced diet.

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