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The benefits of whey protein powder:

Although there is concern of the dangers of whey protein powder, protein supplements have been used for decades because they are fast absorbing, high in both essential and non-essential amino acids, and low in fat and lactose. If consumed as an isolate, as opposed to a concentrate, whey protein powders can contain as much as 90% protein and 10% fats and lactose. The dangers of whey protein powder to not derive from the protein supplement itself. In fact, our bodies require the intake of the essential amino acids found in whey protein every day. Unlike fats, our body doesn't store these amino acids for later use. Therefore if you are not getting balanced, and adequate protein from your usual diet, a natural consumption of protein supplements should not be harmful. However many bodybuilders and their nutritionists have a tendency to overuse protein bars and protein shakes.

The dangers of whey protein powder:

As with any supplement, abuse, or overuse can lead to damaging side effects. Instead of providing your body with the fuel it requires, over-using whey protein powder can lead to you over taxing your vital organs as they try and process all of the compounds. There are in fact, many possible dangers of whey protein powder if abused:

Lactose Intolerance - Even though some manufacturers may claim their vanilla whey protein to be "lactose free" the fact is, it is very possible since whey protein is a bi-product of cheese processing that you may experience symptoms. You will find the evidence to be similar to any lactose related symptom: upset stomach, vomiting, rash, and diarrhea.

Fat Gain - Despite the majority of whey protein users consuming for it muscle building properties, if you are not careful the carbohydrates in many less expensive vanilla or chocolate whey proteins can actually build up and be stored as fat. In addition to the carbohydrates in milk if you make protein shakes, and the sweeteners in protein bars, consuming protein supplements 4-5 times a day can really add up in the mid-section.

Kidney Problems - With excessive amounts of protein entering the system, the kidney must filter waste products out. Whey protein has the danger of increasing the pH level of the blood putting a strain on the kidneys.

Bone Compromise - A few recent studies have shown that excess whey protein actually has the potential to weaken bones instead of strengthen them. There is little supporting evidence available, but it is something to keep in mind.

Although the quality and benefits of whey protein have increased dramatically in the last 10-20 years, there are still a number of dangers of whey protein that you should be cautious of. Like anything you consume, the key is moderation. Over eating anything will lead to fat gain, and even the healthiest supplements have the potential to wreak havoc on your "cleansing" organs if consumed in extreme doses. To be safe when starting out, just take half of the recommended dose to see how your body responds. If you feel like you have more energy and you are achieving the results you desire, continue with your protein supplement regimen.