Protein Absorption: Just How Much Can We Take At Once?
Protein - it’s the powerhouse nutrient in all our delicious Battle Bars that helps you build muscles, keeps your skin looking youthful, and helps you recover from that tough workout. But just how much protein can your body handle in one sitting? Let’s find out!
How Much Protein Can Your Body Absorb?
The amount of protein that your body can absorb in one go is known as the “protein threshold.” It’s like a bouncer at the door of your gut, only letting in a certain amount of protein at a time. But just how strict is this bouncer? Well, it varies from person to person, but on average, most people can handle a solid 20-25 grams of protein in one sitting.
Think of it like a protein bar - you can only eat so much before you just can’t take any more. Consuming more protein than your body can absorb is like ordering a second pizza when you’re already stuffed - sure, it sounds good in the moment, but you’ll regret it later when you feel bloated and sluggish.
Don’t Bring a Wingman To The Protein Party
But it’s not just the amount of protein that matters - it’s also how you consume it. If you eat protein with other macronutrients like carbohydrates and fats, it’s like bringing a wingman to the party. The wingman (insulin) slows down the absorption of the protein, making it a less efficient party. But if you eat protein on its own, it’s like being the life of the party - the body absorbs it quickly and efficiently.
And just like at a party, different sources of protein have different “personalities.”
Animal-based proteins, like chicken, fish, and dairy, are like the popular kids - they’re easily absorbed by the body. Plant-based proteins, like soy and legumes, are like the nerdy kids - they may not be as easily absorbed, but they still have a lot to offer.
The Bottom Line On Protein Absorption
Overall, the human body can handle 20-25 grams of protein in one sitting, but the party can vary based on individual factors. To maximize the fun, choose your protein source wisely and eat it solo or the dominant portion of your meal or post workout! This data was used by our research team when deciding the macro count of all Battle Bar flavors!