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Is Protein Powder Bad For You? Nutritionists Weigh In.

Experts explain what to look for — and what to avoid — when choosing a protein powder. Scarlet Rodríguez / EyeEm via Getty Images Take a walk down the supplement aisle at the grocery store and you’ll find protein powders galore: everything from whey to casein to collagen to pea to hemp to egg white. As more and more options crop up, perhaps you’ve wondered which protein powder is best for you, or whether it’s even good for you at all.

Along with carbohydrates and fats, protein is one of the main three macronutrients , which our bodies use in relatively large amounts for daily functioning. Protein, in particular, is necessary for building muscle mass, repairing tissue, immune function and other bodily processes. It also keeps you feeling full .

To make the powdered supplements, protein is extracted from a given animal- or plant-based food source (whey, for example, is found in cow’s milk) through various processes.

But are protein powders OK to consume? And do we actually need them? We talked to registered dietitian nutritionists to find out. Most people don’t need protein powder to meet their daily requirement.

The recommended dietary allowance of a nutrient is the average amount needed to meet the basic nutritional requirements of practically all healthy people. For protein, the minimum is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day (however, certain groups like older populations and people who are very active may need more). So, for example, a person who weighs 160 […]

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