How much protein can your body absorb?

This question is about GLP-1 & Weight Loss and Nutrition

Elle Penner, MPH, RD

Research shows your body can absorb 91-95% of protein when consumed in moderate doses (10-50 g), with animal protein having a slightly higher absorption rate than plant protein [


]. Depending on the protein source, your body can absorb between 5-10 g of protein/hour [



In athletes and active adults, research shows muscle protein synthesis can be maximized by consuming 0.4 g of protein/kg of body weight with each meal (roughly 20-40 g/meal) every 3-4 hours [





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