New study could have older women thinking twice about all that protein

(ABC News) – From protein bars to shakes, and even protein-infused cereals. Adding that extra bit of protein has become the latest trend in diets.

And some swear by the health benefits.

But now, as-yet unpublished research out of a major heart meeting, pointing to a possible downside.

Researchers presenting at this year’s American Hearth Association in New Orleans, finding in a study of more than a hundred thousand older women that those who reported eating the most protein in their diets also tended to have an increased risk of heart failure in the long run.

But while this may sound scary, is the extra protein to blame?

This study falls short of saying for sure.

And doctors are unlikely to recommend that anyone change their diet just yet in light of this finding.

But what this research does bring to the table is a reminder that when it comes to diet, balanced is best.

So while getting that protein is important, remember that it is only a part of a healthy eating regimen.

Now chew on that.

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