The 5 Side Effects of Whey Protein You Should Know Before Consuming it!

Whey protein is one of the most appreciated food supplements, particularly among bodybuilders, wrestlers, growing men and health enthusiasts. Whey is not just suggested amongst friends, family and colleagues, but is also recommended by many health experts and dietitians.

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Although whey protein has many benefits, they come along with some contractions and offshoots. They may not suit each individual, depending on their lifestyle, protein requirement and health conditions.

Listed below are a few side effects of whey protein powder observed by man consumers:

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Loss of Appetite

loss of appetite due to whey

Whey protein powders have a high satiety value, and hence they tend to supply good stuff to fill your stomach; you might face a loss of appetite. Although protein supplement is rich enough to provide adequate nutrients to your body to keep you going all day long, however, you might miss out on essential vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates in case your body demands for them as most people confuse protein supplement with a meal replacement.

Milk allergy

milk allergies

Technically known as lactose intolerance, most people who suffer from milk allergy are intolerant to milk and its by-products. Although, in most cases, milk allergy is caused due to alpha S1- Casein present in milk, which is absent in whey protein, however, some people still face some adverse immune reaction to whey protein supplements too. It is important to check milk tolerance before taking up a protein supplement regime as intolerance to milk might cause abdominal pain, cramping, bloating and gastroenteritis.

Gout and Gouty Arthritis

gout arthritis

Gout and gouty arthritis is mainly caused due to excessive consumption of protein or sometimes unabsorbed protein in the body. Suppose whey protein is taken into the diet. In that case, it becomes imperative to consume it completely or let your body absorb all the protein present in the body. Gout can be very painful and disquieting.

Kidney Problems

kidney problem

It often becomes a challenge for those who have a weaker pair of kidneys to digest all the protein consumed. Weak kidneys are mostly unable to completely process the protein in the diet, further adding to the kidney problems.


liver health and ketosis

Our liver produces ketone bodies during ketogenesis and supplies it to the blood, but high ketone levels in the blood known as ketosis. This problem usually persists when our body drops down the glycogen levels in the liver. Ketosis can do a lot of harm to the body, also leading to liver damage in some cases.

It is important to carry out adequate research on whey protein supplement and always stick to the manufacturers prescribed dosage before making a decision.

Pratyaksha Agarwal
I am a fitness enthusiast and gym junkie who spend not more than 1hr a day working out. I believe sufficient workouts with proper nutrition can render an impressive ripped body.