Protein Absorption, AKA Net Nitrogen Utilization

Did you know that your body doesn’t use all of the Protein you take in? The amount your body utilizes is referred to as Net Nitrogen Utilization. Every protein source has an “Amino Acid Profile” which has a percentage of Net Nitrogen Utilization.

The point is, it is not relevant how many grams of protein you are getting from your protein sources, but how much of that protein will you body actually use?

Let’s look at the numbers:

When you eat a 45 gram serving of Chicken, the NNU is only 17%. That means your body will only be able to use 7.65 Grams.

When you take in 17 grams of Whey Protein, the NNU is ONLY 12%. Your body will only use 2.04 Grams.

Next time you buy protein foods or supplements, the question you should be asking is – “What is the Net Nitrogen utilization of this protein?”

Common food types (scale)

Whey Protein: 96
Whole Egg: 94
Casein: 77
Fish: 76
Tofu: 64

Read More About Protein Synthesis Here

We are always looking for ways of making our food taste better, so I thought I’d mention this encounter I had the other day.

When I was walking out of Whole Foods recently, I ran into a lady who owns a company called Lucky Habanero Salsa. I’m not usually a fan of salsa, but when I tried her’s I was hooked! I had it everyday on my proteins and salads yum!

No fat and low sodium but all the fun! Why not try some?

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