Experts Debate: Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Protein?

Cassie Shortsleeve
by Cassie Shortsleeve
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Not only is protein an important component of every single cell in your body, but you also use the macronutrient to build and repair tissues (hugely important post-exercise) and make enzymes, hormones and other bodily chemicals.

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight a day. But trendy high-protein diets such as Paleo suggest taking in far more, making it easy to wonder if it’s too much of a good thing.

Here, experts pick camps (and outline how to make sure you’re choosing healthy protein sources).

About the Author

Cassie Shortsleeve
Cassie Shortsleeve

Cassie Shortsleeve is a Boston-based freelance writer and editor. She has worked on staff at both Shape and Men’s Health and contributes regularly to a slew of national print and digital publications such as Women’s Health, Condé Nast Traveler, and Furthermore for Equinox. With a degree in English and creative writing from the College of the Holy Cross, she has a passion for reporting on all things health, lifestyle, and travel.


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