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Protein: how much do you really need?

Posted on 11/28/2016 at 12:57 PM by Madhu Gadia

It seems like everyone is filling up on protein: to bulk up the muscles, to lose weight, or just eat healthier. But is eating more protein better for you?

As a nutrient, protein performs many functions, including maintaining tissue. To use protein efficiently, it is important that you eat enough calories from carbohydrates and fat; otherwise, the protein will be used for energy and thus not be available to do its intended job. 

Contrary to popular belief, excess intake of protein will not build more muscle or make you healthier. Unfortunately, an obsession with protein can actually be unhealthy. You may feel tired if you are not balancing your diet, as protein and fat take longer to breakdown into energy. Carbohydrates from grains, vegetables, and fruits are the best source of energy. Remember, at the end of the day, calories always matter. Extra calories, more than your body needs, even from protein, will be stored as fat.

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According to the U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA), most healthy adults need 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight per day (55 grams for 150-pound person, 73 grams for 200-pound person).


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