Protein - More Than Muscle Building

For years we heard that Americans get plenty of protein. Now we see more products touting their high protein content as if we need more. So what is the truth?

The fact is new research is finding many health benefits of higher protein intake. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is actually just a minimum amount needed to replace daily losses. More is needed to get health benefits such as:

  • Weight management
  • Satiety
  • Healthy aging
  • Diabetes management and blood sugar control
  • Bone health
To learn more, read a 2014 update on how much protein is enough and the science behind these recommendation in the white paper: The Power of Protein.


This PDF on the role of protein in healthy aging, Muscle Matters for Your Health at Any Age, is another excellent resource. 

The Power of Protein: Separating Hype from Reality - Webinar Archive

This webinar outlined the most substantiated health effects of protein, discussed the importance of regular consumption throughout the day, clarified how much is needed, identified specific groups that may benefit from higher levels and outline high quality sources. 

This 75 minute webinar was be presented on Tuesday May 6, 2014.

Speakers: Heather Leidy, PhD and Nancy R. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, FACSM

Play Webinar

The Power of Protein: Separating Hype from Reality slide deck (PDF)

Protein Webinar: Questions + Answers

Sample Daily Menus: High Protein Meals + Snacks

Sample Daily Menus: Vegetarian High Protein Meals + Snacks

Client handout: The Power of Protein

Other resources

All-Star Foods

A healthy diet is based on eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from each of the five food groups. But some foods offer additional health benefits beyond basic nutrition. These all-star foods not only provide nutrients but they may play a role in reducing your risk of disease – making them some of the best foods to eat.

Learn more about All-Star Foods: