Does the body store extra protein as muscle tissue?
Asked by carlitoser on Oct 17, 2008 in Nutrition




Answer

Protein is not ‘stored’ as muscle tissue.  Muscle exists to do work and is in a constant of being formed and broken down.  If muscle is not used, it becomes smaller. Protein is actually you in the physical sense; every tissue, hormone, enzyme, and more is made of valuable protein.  In times when calories and carbohydrates are in short supply, the body breaks down muscle and organs to supply fuel in the form of glucose.  But the body's fuel should come from carbohydrates and fat and not from valuable protein.  Protein is to be preserved through use, but not stored.


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