The Mythology: Turns your blood into a potent protein soup. That way your gym tortured body can soak up all the building material it needs to grow, when in recovery mode.
The Truth: You can get by with less protein than you think and still grow, provided our energy requirements are adequate.
Research: For years scientists and nutritionists have poo-poohed claims by athletes and bodybuilders, that high protein diets far above the recommended daily averages for the general population were in any way beneficial. However the increased popularity of high protein diets in the West has led to a surge of interest in this thorny and highly contested battleground of jocks and nerds. Some important dissenting voices have emerged and it now appears that the truth lies somewhere between ivory tower scientists and the supplement gorging meatheads.