Power Up: 4 Questions and Answers About Protein
All calories come from four places in our diets: carbohydrates, fat, protein and alcohol. Not all calories are created equal, however. In the 1990s, low-fat diets and foods were everywhere. More recently, carbs have come under fire. Alcohol has obvious drawbacks. Protein never seems to get much negative attention and is often proudly boasted on many food labels. Some coffee and smoothie shops even offer the option of adding a scoop of protein powder to your favorite drink.
But how much protein do we really need, and is it easy to overdo it? For answers, we turned to Registered Dietitian and TOPS nutrition expert Dena McDowell.