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KBBQ – The “K” Stands For “Kidney Failure”

After a 16 hour day at CUTC, the staff and I were ready to hit the sack to recharge for the next day. Then someone suggested the $8.99 late night special at Korean Grill House. Everyone was tired, but who could resist copious amounts of Korean barbecued meat? Certainly not I… and about 16 others.

After our late night snack, I mentioned to a friend how my nephrons were going to take a beating that night. My friend replied, “Yeah, you’re probably going to be pissing brown in the morning.” Since my friend is in medical school, I can safely assume “pissing brown” is, in fact, a technical term commonly used by doctors and medical professionals alike.

That got me wondering… how much meat is too much?

The average American requires 0.8 – 1.0 grams of protein for every kilogram they weigh. I weigh 63.6kg (140lbs) which works out to 50.9 – 63.6 grams of protein per day. Keep in mind this was calculated based on a sluggish life style. My recommend protein intake for an active lifestyle increases to 89g for endurance training, and 128g for resistance training.

A quick internet search reveals your primary meats (beef, chicken, pork) contain about 20 – 35g of protein per 100g. Okay… so I’m pretty sure I ate about 1.5kg of meat that day… if not more… Based on a conservative estimate of 25g of protein/100g, I would have consumed about 375 grams of protein that night… about 7x my recommended intake.

Crap.

So what happens when you OD on protein?

  • You become easily tired, as protein takes a lot of your bodily resources to digest. This is what the Atkins diet is based on: attempting to make it harder for your body to access theĀ  calories normally obtained from carbohydrates.
  • Your liver and kidneys are strained from breaking down extra protein into nitrogen. This may lead to kidney stones, and other related medical conditions.
  • Your intestines are made primarily for digesting starches. Traces of meat adhere to the lining of your intestines which over time may lead to appendicitis, colon cancer, etc. (This is why you need to eat fiber, which acts as roughage for your digestive system)
  • A lot more.

So am I dying?

Maybe. Most of these negative effects occur over an extended period of time. Of course, I’m pretty sure I consume more than the recommended daily intake of protein anyways… But I’m not a doctor – even if I was, I’d be too busy writing fancy medical journal articles such as “Pissing Brown and Other Colours That Shouldn’t Be Coming From Your Wang”

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I’ll just detox with three meals of salad and fruit after each meal I pretend to be a man eating dinosaur.

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