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Some people rely on Protein Drinks for their Protein goals for different reasons. My surgeon prefers that all of his patients get off protein supplements as soon as possible, and get all of their protein from actual food sources. I could never tolerate protein drinks so I didn't get my protein goals until I was able to eat mushies/soft solids.

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No, micronutrients sometimes only exist in REAL food. Also, things like Fiber to help your digestive system wont be found in Protein shakes. Existing on only Protein supplements would keep your body in Ketosis. Prolonged ketosis is bad on your kidneys. Your body will begin to burn fat for energy, which is good; but this is the result of a complete lack of carbohydrates, which is bad.

Most medical resources regard ketosis as a physiological state associated with chronic starvation. Glucose is regarded as the preferred energy source for all cells in the body with ketosis being regarded as a crisis reaction of the body to a lack of carbohydrates in the diet. Ketosis would thus be a dangerous state which unnecessarily stresses the liver and causes destruction of muscle tissues.

This is still the view of the majority in the medical and nutritional science communities, although in recent years it has been challenged by a number of doctors and adherents of low-carbohydrate diets, who dispute both the body’s preference for glucose and the dangers associated with ketosis.

Read more: http://www.projectswole.com/your-questions/what-are-the-side-effects-of-protein-powder/#ixzz0ox7DRTTj

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Intuitively.... it seems like we should get as much Protein as we can from food. I am trying but its still hard. I still have days when liquids or mushies is about all I can do. I think short term the supplements are ok.... we just have to work toward real food.

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