how much protein can your body absorb at once

That’s the age old question right? How much protein can your body absorb at once. You know it never ceases to amaze me how often people are just so comfortable with throwing out random numbers.

“Oh your body can only absorb 30 grams at a time!”

That seems to be the most frequent assertion and I don’t know where it comes from.

First off, you have to factor in just what happens when you ingest any amount of protein. It goes from the small intestine to the large intestine, where it is broken down and absorbed. That’s a very simplified way of explaining what happens.

So all along that chain we find various places where our body can digest and absorb protein.

So an elderly or inactive person may actually feel worse if they do consume anything more than 30 grams of protein at a time. It’s possible. Digestive needs are somewhat dependent on activity levels.

But assuming that a 180 or 200 pound individual that trains with high intensity multiple times per week can’t exceed 30 grams at one sitting is not a smart statement to make and has NEVER been proven by research.

The most progressive protein research in the field settles somewhere on about 1.2-1.8 grams per pound of bodyweight. So for a 200 pound athlete, that would be about 164 grams of protein. Any serious athlete will tell you that that is nowhere near enough protein for them to feel full  by any means, especially when dieting.

I could a lot deeper into this topic but in reality, do I really need to? Even you research buffs out there will have no ammo once you read the the section about there being no research to back up the 30 gram rule. So my best advice? Get on a nutrition program that sets your macronutrient goals so you never have to worry about one meal.

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