The “Best of SAF” series features articles that were published as part of the original SeriousAboutFitness.com site that ran from 2002 to 2010. This article was written by Alison Aulph and was originally published on April 1, 2003 – nine years ago! I've always been very proud of this article because of the work and research that went into it, resulting in extremely valuable information for all fitness enthusiasts, which is precisely why we had to include it in this series. . . . Doug Schneider
Originally published on SeriousAboutFitness.com: April 1, 2003
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Athletes love their protein. NFL linebackers boast of their steak-and-egg breakfasts. Gym rats strut around with water bottles full of protein shakes. Anyone who so much as hits the gym once a week has a tub of whey in the kitchen and a PowerBar in their gym bag. Yet conflicting information exists when it comes to daily protein requirements. Muscle magazines and weightlifters describe extreme diets that contain 45% protein. Popular, high-protein diets claim that 30% of calories should come from protein. Exercise nutrition texts state that athletes should have at the most a diet of 20% protein. Meanwhile, the American Dietetic Association, U.S. Surgeon General and the American Medical Association, all recommend that the healthiest diet is the Food Pyramid. It recommends that only 15% of daily caloric intake consist of protein.Read more: Athletic Requirements of Dietary Protein: An Interview with Dr. Peter Lemon