5 Consequences of Too Much Protein

Emily Kotz

Article Summary

My article, 5 Unintended Consequences of Eating Too Much Protein, was found on usnews.com. The author of the article is Anna Medaris Miller and it was published on April 7th of 2016. This article talks about how our society thinks that we as Americans are protein deficient. Therefore, protein is added to pretty much all of our foods including, cereal, bread, smoothies, and water. However, scientists are finding that we are in-fact not a protein deficient society. In fact, most American’s, with the exception of elderly, breastfeeding women, and athletes who all have higher protein needs, have the recommended adequate amount of protein or even above the adequate amounts. This article focuses on the downfalls of having too much protein. These negatives include dehydration, weight gain, weak bones, overworked kidney’s, and a poorly balanced diet. Overall, this article has concluded that contrary to popular belief, a lot of protein may not necessarily be a good thing.

Article Critique

When critiquing the validity of the article I first began with finding out who the author of the article is. I found that the author’s name is Anna Medaris Miller and according to the website she is a Health and Wellness reporter for U.S. News. However, it does not state that Miller has any former education on nutrition or medicine and the website also does not provide any other information about the author. I believe that this article would be more reputable if the author was a nutritionist/dietician who specialized in the area of health and wellness. After critiquing the author, I took a look at the sponsor of the article, which is U.S. News. What I first noticed about this website is that the link ends in a “.com”. This usually means that the information posted was found from other sources and may not be reliable. I also noticed that the article provides no citations, therefore, there is no way of determining where the information came from and whether or not it is dependable. After assessing these areas, I began to look at the article as a whole. Overall, I would say that the article is well written. I did not notice any spelling or grammar errors and I enjoyed the format, the information flowed nicely. Even though the information may or may not be reliable, Miller made the material sound very believable. In the article Miller included information from studies performed by professors at different universities, which would be considered scientific evidence. However, as stated above, there are no sources cited making the information not credible. In conclusion, this source may not be the best place to find facts that you can trust. For finding credible information on protein I would suggest visiting choosemyplate.gov or other websites that end in “.gov,” or “.edu.” It is also important to make sure you have access to valuable information about the author as well as citation for any sources used in the making of the article.