Eating copious amounts of red meat with all the trimmings aka abodi, shaki, ponmo, roundabout e.t.c is considered a sign of good living in Nigeria, without a doubt! However, the incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Nigeria is on the rise, with many sufferers progressing to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) – the point at which dialysis or a kidney transplant is required.

Healthcare professionals recommend that individuals who suffer with CKD cut down their protein intake, particularly from red meat to slow the progression to ESRD. However, there is limited evidence to support this advice.

A recent study in Singapore investigating the relationship between dietary protein sources and kidney function has now shown that people who eat large amounts of red meat have a significantly higher risk of developing kidney failure. Those who obtained their dietary protein mainly from eggs, poultry, dairy or fish did not show an increased risk of developing kidney failure. Interestingly (and importantly), those who derived their proteins mainly from soy and legumes such as beans and lentils were protected from kidney disease and eventual kidney failure.

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Further results from the study showed that by substituting one serving of red meat with an alternative source of protein, the risk of ESRD was reduced by a huge 62%!

Overall, these results suggest that red meat plays a key role in kidney disease and kidney failure, and should be eaten sparingly.

MidasNaturals advices: Keep your kidneys healthy by reducing the amount of animal protein (particularly red meat) in your diet, and increasing the amount of plant proteins such as beans, lentils and soy products. Read this article to learn about other practices that may cause harm to your kidneys.


UK qualified PhD Scientist & Nutritionist with a passion for plant-based nutrition and wellness.

Midas Naturals’ goal is to provide quality health information that enhances and promotes the wellbeing of Nigerians & Africans.

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