Protein Overconsumption and Ammonia

Protein Overconsumption and Ammonia
Some opponents to meat eating diets say that eating too much protein creates an ammonia overload. As your liver can handle levels of 600g a day or more without problem (assuming it is healthy), you would have to eat over 20 quarter pounders a day to hit this level!

First, what is the recommended level. The last stat from the government is that 10-35% of your energy should come from protein. For women, this starts with a base level of about 2400 calories. There are 4 calories per 1 gram of protein. So if you say 35% of your calories come from protein, that is 840 calories total - meaning 210g of protein a day. Let's look at some typical things you are likely to eat:

quarter pounder burger: 30g
egg: 6g
t-bone 10oz steak: 70g
chicken breast: 42g
1/2 salmon fillet: 39g
1 cup tunafish: 43g

As you can see, it would be hard to even achieve your proper calories per day from protein without some work. The chance of reaching too-high levels, if your liver is healthy, is pretty slim. Of course, if you have a liver disease, be sure to talk with your doctor about your nutritional needs.

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