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Myths Busted: The Skinny On Protein

  • By Matthew Kadey, M.S., R.D.
  • Published Apr. 1, 2014
  • Updated Apr. 14, 2014 at 1:37 PM UTC
Almonds and other nuts are a great source of protein for runners to eat during the day. Photo: www.shutterstock.com


Think you know everything you need to know about protein? Read on.

Like training for a marathon, dietary protein is not something to take lightly. Protein is essential for a wide range of bodily processes, most notably the synthesis and maintenance of muscles, enzymes, hormones, bones, cartilage, hair and skin. Plus, protein helps dull hunger, preventing surreptitious midnight fridge raids, and provides an auxiliary fuel source for runners to be used alongside fat and carbohydrate.

So, if all you focus on is carbohydrates, your body won’t function to its full potential. Yet, there remains considerable confusion about protein, which may you with no idea how best to approach this macronutrient. Let’s set the record straight.

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