Does Too Much Whey Protein Cause Side Effects?


– Whey protein is one of
the most popular supplements on the planet, but despite
its health benefits there is some controversy
surrounding its safety. So in this video I’m doing
an evidence-based review of whey proteins’ safety and side effects. (chimes ringing) Whey is actually the
liquid part of cow’s milk that separates during cheese production. It’s a complete source of protein and really effective at stimulating muscle growth and recovery. However it can have some side effects which we’ll look at now. It may cause digestive issues. Most of whey protein side
effects are related to digestion. Some people have problems
digesting whey protein and experience symptoms
such as bloating, gas, stomach cramps and diarrhea. But most of these side effects are related to lactose intolerance. Lactose is the main carb in whey protein. People who are lactose intolerant don’t produce enough
of the enzyme lactase, which your body needs to digest lactose. Lactose intolerance is
actually incredibly common and can affect up to
75% of people worldwide. If you are lactose intolerant, try switching to whey
protein isolate instead which is almost all protein and
contains hardly any lactose. Some people may be
allergic to whey protein. Because whey protein
comes from cow’s milk, people with a cow’s milk allergy may be allergic to whey protein. Nevertheless, cow’s milk allergies are actually very rare in adults since up to 90% of people
with cow’s milk allergies outgrow them by the age of three. An allergy to cow’s milk
should not be confused with lactose intolerance that
I just mentioned before. Symptoms of a cow’s milk
allergy include hives, rashes, facial swelling, and even tongue and throat swelling. If that’s you, then yes, you need a non-dairy source of protein. Can whey protein damage your kidneys? Any high protein meal can raise the pressure inside the kidneys and cause them to filter
more blood than usual. However, this is a normal bodily response and does not harm the kidneys. Looking through the literature, there are no studies showing
harmful effects of protein in the average person
with healthy kidneys. In this thorough review the authors concluded there
is no significant evidence for a detrimental effect
of high protein intakes on kidney function in healthy persons after centuries of a high
protein Western diet. That said, there is evidence
that a high protein diet can be harmful for someone who
already has kidney disease, which is basically a very weak and poorly functioning kidney. If you have an existing kidney condition definitely check with your doctor about whether protein supplements
or any high protein foods would be suitable for you. Can it damage your liver? No evidence shows that
protein can damage the liver in healthy people. In fact, the liver needs
protein to repair itself and covert fats into lipoproteins which are molecules that help
move fat out of the liver. In as study of 11 obese
women taking 60 grams of a whey protein supplement
helped reduce liver fat by approximately 21% over four weeks. Additionally, it helped
reduce blood triglycerides by approximately 15% and
cholesterol by about 7%. Much like kidney disease,
a high protein intake may harm people who have cirrhosis, which is a chronic liver disease. If that’s you, check with your doctor before you have any protein supplement of any supplement for that matter. Can whey protein cause osteoporosis? There are a lot of
theories going around that increased protein caused
our bones to release calcium which would ultimately cause osteoporosis. Now in this recent analysis of 36 studies, scientists found no evidence
that eating too much protein was bad for bone health. In fact, they came to the conclusion that eating more protein was
actually somewhat beneficial for bone health. Other large reviews have
also found no evidence that increased protein harms the bones. If anything, the evidence
points to a high protein intake improving bone health,
not the other way around. How much should you take? So as you can see, if
you’re generally healthy whey protein can be taken safely and without any side effects. A commonly suggested
dose is one to two scoops or 25 to 50 grams per day, but it’s recommended that you follow the serving
instructions on the package. Taking more than this is
unlikely to offer more benefits, especially if you already
eat enough protein. And if you do experience
uncomfortable digestive symptoms then try switching to whey
protein isolate or alternatively, use a non-dairy protein
supplement instead. Thanks for watching. Make sure to give this video a thumbs up if you found it informative. Don’t forget to subscribe to Healthline’s Authority Nutrition YouTube channel by clicking the red subscribe button below this video. (upbeat music)

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11 thoughts on “Does Too Much Whey Protein Cause Side Effects?

  1. After taking whey protein daily for two months, I developed a kidney stone that became infected. Because I was also on blood thinners, I had to wait five days without thinners before the stone could be broken up so that I could pass it. This was a bad, painful experience. I no longer use whey protein.

  2. Very informative vid. I had to switch to whey isolate as standard whey left me constantly bloated etc. After switching I could really notice the difference.

  3. even not too much protein whey isolate cause me bloating and reflux symptoms back. It's good quality, no soy added, protein BTW.

  4. I disagree with your last statement claiming that 50gs is the max beneficial amount of protein to take. Do you have any evidence or data proving this? It doesn't make logical sense that 50gs of protein from shakes can be beneficial but more than that is somehow non beneficial. What physical or chemical process about whey protein causes 50gs to cause the same effect as 80gs. As an level intermediate lifter my opinion is that if you need 80gs more protein and all you have is whey, consuming that whole 80 is better than just stopping at your 50cap

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