A Letter to Parents Concerned About Their Teenager's Protein Intake

Find out why high protein diets for young athletes might not be a bad thing.

I would like to present this letter about protein to all parents and doctors. I am going to try and fill in the gaps in regard to teens and high-protein diets. Become educated and ask questions.

Almost all long-term weightlifters have gone through it. In an effort to be proactive about our health, we go to the doctor for a routine check-up or to delve a little deeper into what's going on physiologically, and wham! The doc tells us our kidneys are about to explode! And then, after the shocking news about our main filtration system, the doc lets us know we may have had a heart attack! That's right, according to our doctor, our high-protein diets are about to kill us.

What in the wide, wide, world of amino acids is going on? After all, many well-educated and progressive sports nutritionists have been recommending higher protein diets for years.


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