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Here's how much protein you really need

Athletes do need more protein—but that doesn't necessarily mean you need supplements.

Eggs are a great source of protein, and contrary to popular belief they're not bad for your cholesterol!


Gym buffs get a lot of grief for their shaker bottles full of chalky protein powder—but should they? They, like so many of the rest of us, are just trying to fuel their bodies properly. And when it comes to protein, there’s not a lot of clear guidance.

Let’s start with the basics: Everyone needs protein. Your body breaks it down into its constituent amino acids, then uses them to build other proteins, like enzymes or those that make up collagen or the cytoskeletons inside your cells. You also need them to build new skeletal muscle. The question, of course, is how much protein you need to eat in order to fulfill all these bodily requirements.

For a long time, nutritionists maintained that although athletes need more calories

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