Study: Protein shakes may lead to depression, shorter life

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May 04, 2019 - 12:08 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Protein shakes may be helping you build muscle, but they might also be messing with your physical and mental health, according to researchers.

A new study on mice by the University of Sydney has found that protein shakes may cause weight gain, depression and even a shorter lifespan, Medical News Today reports.

Protein powders have branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), which can remain in the blood and disturb the brain’s production of serotonin, according to researchers.

Because of its effects on serotonin, researchers say a diet high in BCAA-containing protein can lead to problems with everything from mood to food cravings.

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