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Protein & Optimal Fitness: Test Your Knowledge of Common Myths

Emergency response can be physically demanding and requires a high level of fitness. When designing a nutrition program to support your fitness goals, effectively incorporating protein can be the difference between maxing out and burning out. Studies have shown that, as part of a strength training routine, optimal protein intake can increase strength gains up to 10%. Due to its importance, however, there’s no shortage of often contradictory information about protein. Sorting through the hype to find the facts can be daunting. Take the quiz below to test your knowledge. Read on for the scientifically validated explanations to see if you’re a protein pro or novice.

True or False: Increasing dietary protein alone can help you build more lean muscle.
True or False: Protein requirements are lower for cardiovascular exercise than they are for strength training.
True or False: Higher protein intakes will help you lose weight.
True or False: The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram body weight (0.35 g/lb) is enough for most people.
True or False: You should consume protein within 1-2 hours of strength training to maximize muscle growth.
True or False: Animal protein sources (dairy, eggs, and meat) are superior to plant protein sources (soy, legumes, nuts, and whole grains).
True or False: Too much protein can increase your risk of kidney disease and osteoporosis.
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