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A Low-Protein Diet: Bad for Women?

October 30, 20159 min
With little or no protein you might be at an increased risk of skeletal health issues.According to a recent study a protein-restricted diet can decrease calcium absorption, which could later cause skeletal health issues.Researchers looked at 11 women at a mean age of 28, a normal weight, and had regular menstrual cycles. The first three weeks of the study was a dietary adjustment phase and the six and a half weeks involved protein restriction.What did the researchers find?Researchers found that by limiting dietary protein to 0.7 g/kg for six and a half weeks led to a decrease of -0.43% (95% CI -0.77 to -0.09, P=0.02) in intestinal calcium absorption.What else did researchers find and why is protein in your diet so important?

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