How Does Animal Protein Stress the Kidneys?

Animal Protein

Answer to a Reader’s Question:

Animal protein-based foods show a strong relationship to the formation of kidney stones. Here is a quote from the leading research investigator in the world on this topic:

“Urolithiasis [kidney stone formation] is a worldwide problem which appears to be aggravated by the high dairy-produce, highly energy-rich and low-fibre diets consumed in most industrialized countries…Evidence points, in particular, to a high-meat protein intake as being the dominant factor [Robertson, W. G. Miner Electrolyte Metab., 13: 228-234, 1987]”.

There is a huge amount of other evidence supporting this finding. For example, Professor Robertson showed a stunning relationship between animal protein consumption and the formation of kidney stones [Robertson, W. G. et al. Chron. Dis., 32: 469-476, 1979].

Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research for over forty years. His legacy, the China Project, has been acknowledged as the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. Dr. Campbell also serves as the President of the Board for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is featured faculty in our highly acclaimed, Plant-Based Certificate and our online heart course, Nutrition for a Healthy Heart.

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