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August 04, 2019 - cathe

Are High-Protein Diets Linked with Inflammation?

Are High-Protein Diets Linked with Inflammation?
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The latest studies suggest that consuming a diet higher in plant-based protein is not linked with inflammation.

Some short-term studies that looked at the impact of a diet high in protein on inflammatory markers showed an increase in markers of inflammation on a high-protein diet. However, the increase was seen with animal-based protein.

Why might plant-based protein have a more favorable impact on inflammatory markers than animal protein? Unlike animal protein, plant sources contain fiber. Some studies link a diet high in fiber with reduced inflammation. The way high-fiber foods reduce inflammation isn’t clear but it may be due to the effect fiber has on the gut microbiome.

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