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Encore Episode: The Protein Myth: How Much Do You Really Need?

May 2, 201717 min
Does that added protein in your diet actually create more muscle?The idea that Americans need more protein in their diets is untrue. Protein consumption isn’t a problem.You don’t store extra protein as muscle mass. It actually turns into fat. Are you eating so much protein that you’re denying yourself fiber and carbohydrates? Consuming too much protein can deplete your body’s calcium stores. It taxes your kidneys and can contribute to heart disease. How much protein do you really need? The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. That’s about 56 grams for men and 46 grams for women. It should be 20 percent of your daily caloric intake. Athletes may need a little more. Do you need more protein? Journal your eating habits for a week. Note your likes and tendencies. See where you could improve your nutrient intake.And, be sure to get plenty of rest if you’re trying to build muscle.Listen as Dr. Felicia Stoler joins Melanie Cole, MS, to debunk the protein myth.

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