How many grams of protein can your body absorb per serving?

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The fitness industry is flooded with misleading information and a lot of this either stems from a lack of awareness, or what a supplement's marketing company wants you to believe. 

One of the most misleading pieces of information that you will come across is that at a given time, your body can only absorb 24 grams of protein per serving. So is that why most supplements, especially post-workout shakes and powders contain 24 grams of protein per serving? In today's blog, we'll uncover the truth.

Protein powder scoop

The source of protein:

It is a well-established fact that Whey protein is one of the fastest digesting proteins in the market. A single scoop of whey protein can contain anywhere from 24 to 26 grams of protein, depending on the type of filtration. But since whey is absorbed into the bloodstream within a few minutes it leaves you feeling hungry within a short amount of time. Foods that contain protein and fiber are known to digest slowly, thus providing your body with sustained amino acids over a duration. Similarly eggs and soy are medium digesting proteins and once again help in providing your body with proteins for a few hours at least.

The facts:

The fact that your body is able to absorb just 24 grams of protein per serving is a complete myth, as this fails to take into account your gut and digestive health, the amount of physical activity you perform. Also protein is not just important to build lean muscle but the body uses protein for various other functions and day-to-day activities. An average human's body is pretty efficient at processing most if not all the protein it receives.

When's the best time to consume protein:

A complete meal includes everything from protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates, and ensuring that you get all the three macronutrients in every meal is essential. Remember this, your body doesn't depend solely on protein, but on fats and carbohydrates to carry out its day-to-day functions.

So there you have it, we've debunked another popular fitness and nutrition myth. Stay tuned and keep following us for more such content.

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