Whey Protein Side Effects

A lot of you may be wondering about whey protein side effects. We all know how great whey protein is, and that it is regarded as one of the highest quality sources of protein that you can consume. But is there any drawbacks to taking this awesome supplement?

Well, you'll be glad to know that to this day there are no scientifically proven harmful whey protein side effects. Whey protein is derived from the process of turning milk into cheese, so it's as natural as taking milk itself. So it is completely safe.

The only side effect that you may experience is an allergic reaction if you suffer from lactose intolerance, or if you're allergic to dairy products. This is because whey comes from milk.

Although, this type of allergic reaction to whey is very rare because whey contains very little lactose. Whey protein isolate and hydrolyzed whey protein contain no lactose at all, so if you experience an allergic reaction to whey then chances are it will have been from whey protein concentrate.

Anyway, if you're lactose intolerant or are allergic to dairy products then you should look into this issue a little more, and perhaps talk to your doctor about it.

So that's pretty much the only whey protein side effect that has been proven, and it's far from serious. There are people out there though who believe there are possible harmful whey protein side effects, but none of these claims have been backed up with scientific proof:

Possible kidney damage

Some health experts out there believe that taking too much whey protein can cause damage to your kidneys, but this has not been backed up by any scientific evidence. All of these health experts have also said that this kidney damage would only occur if whey was consumed in excessive quantities, and over a long period of time.

Possible liver damage

Some medical experts believe that taking too much whey protein may cause damage to the liver. Again, there is no evidence to back this up. Those who believe this is true are saying that taking too much whey (or any type of protein) puts too much strain on the liver to deal with all this protein, and so causes damage.

Possible osteoporosis

Another unproven claim by health experts is that too much whey can cause osteoporosis, which is a disease that causes loss of bone density and fragile bones. Their reasoning for this is that consuming excessive amounts of protein may cause a loss of bone mineral density, which then leads to osteoporosis.

Before you freak out and start throwing out your tubs of whey protein into the nearest bin, remember that all of these harmful whey protein side effects have not been scientifically proven.

Although, a good point to note is that all of these possible side effects are said to have been caused by taking very high levels of whey protein over along period of time. You shouldn't be taking excessive amounts anyway. Too much of anything is a bad thing, so don't over do it with your whey supplements. It's better to be on the safe side, just in case that in the future some studies are released proving that too much whey does have side effects.

Anyway, don't dwell too much on this issue. Get back to building some serious muscle!

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