Of the macronutrients – carbohydrates, fats and protein – protein gets possibly the most media attention. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein ranges from 0.8 to 2 grams per kilogram of bodyweight (or about 0.36-0.9 grams per pound), depending on your age, lifestyle and other factors. But it’s equally important to know how different sources of protein compare to each other and which are worth prioritizing in your diet.

That is the focus of our conversation with registered dietitian Caryn Myhre on this episode of the For Health’s Sake podcast. In addition to explaining the RDA of protein and how different factors influence it, Caryn explains:

  • Common whole-food sources of protein
  • Factors to be aware of when buying protein supplements
  • When protein supplements are most effective

Considering a supplement? Get an expert’s advice

Protein shakes and powdered protein supplements can be very useful, especially if you find it hard to get all the protein you need in a day. But as with any supplement, it’s important to talk to a doctor before you start taking one regularly. Your primary care doctor can make recommendations based on your diet, medical history and any medications you take. Plus, they can refer you to a dietitian if necessary.