Protein: The dangerous health implications of supplements


Protein and the subject of what constitutes an appropriate and healthy intake (as well as protein food source) is a huge topic of heated debate and discussion in the health and wellbeing industry.  


Robert Cheeke (author of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness - The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet) wrote an article with specific emphasis on the athletic and body-building industry and the prevalence of the use of supplements and protein powders, most commonly derived from whey and casein (from cow’s milk).


In this powerful article, he addresses the cycle of the health food industry and how it can corrupt real scientific evidence by ambiguously taking credit for an athlete’s performance through sponsorship.


Big business dubiously creates a relationship between supplements and the athlete’s performance which in turn attributes to higher revenue from increased sales which in turn feeds back into more sponsorships.  


It’s a well-known fact that the body-building industry sponsors athletes to increase their sale of protein powders. A vicious cycle, with massive health implications that in turn perpetuates the concept and mindset to the general public that supplements are the “best” way to achieve optimal fitness and physique.  


There has ensued a worldwide obsession with protein intake, the premium sources and how it’s vital to ensure that everyone is getting enough.


We address the concept of protein intake in a previous article - how it’s a misplaced concern for those consuming appropriate calories from a nutritious, balanced diet and how dangerous consuming an excess of animal protein can be.  


Not only can an excess of animal based protein replace other more nutritious foods in the average diet, it can also cause kidney damage, liver problems, kidney stones, and excess fat gain.  It contributes to damaging of the lining of artery walls, leading to plaque accumulation up in arteries, reduced bone density, alongside a host of other health problems.


In addition, The China Study, involving T Colin Campbell, a Biochemist, scientifically showed that casein has the ability to turn on and turn off cancer cell growth simply by adjusting the level of intake of that protein. The findings show that when casein is consumed in large amounts, cancer cells increase in size, and when casein consumption stops, cancer tumour cells recede.


This research also comprehensively linked plant-based diets to a dramatically lowered incidence of many different forms of cancer, as well as the observation of lower levels of estrogen in females.


Adopting a whole grain plant based diet provides ample protein alongside a multitude of complex nutrients that are unable to be replicated by supplements.


Supplements are usually only one very small part of the whole that’s require to sustain the body for optimal health and wellbeing.


Wholegrain and plant-based foods contains optimal levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acid and fibre- vital for cell and organ health.  Nutrient dense food is also scientifically shown to be more superior in aiding muscle repair, energy recovery and endurance.


Read more about protein-rich plant-based foods here.  


Rawries is passionately committed to making raw wholegrain plant-based food convenient, achievable and absolutely delicious... for everyone!  Visit our blog for articles and evidence based research discussions around the healthful benefits of incorporating "more raw" into your diet, as well as tips on how to boost your nutrition and overall wellbeing.  For raw vegan inspirations, head to our vibrant recipe selection of breakfasts, mains, salads and soups, sauces and dips, desserts and fresh juices and smoothies.  We can't wait to hear what you think of them!



Campbell TC, Campbell TM. The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health. Dallas, TX, BenBella Books. 2006

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