How Does Animal Protein Affect Bone Mass?

Animal Protein

The effect of animal protein on loss of bone calcium and its consequences for osteoporosis has been extensively shown for more than 2 decades. Animal protein intake as strongly associated with bone fracture rate for different countries [Abelow, B. et al. Calcif. Tissue Int., 50: 14-18, 1992] and unlike plant proteins, animal protein increases the acid load in the body [1. Wachsman, A. and Bernstein. Lancet, May 4, 1968: 958-959, 1968; Brosnan, J. T. and Brosnan, M. E. In: H. H. Draper (ed.), Advances in Nutritional Research, pp. 77-105. New York: Plenum Press, 1982; Frassetto, L. A., et al. Am. J. Clin. Nutri., 68: 576-583, 1998]

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