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A 16-year-old male asked:

its my 2nd month in the gym and taking protein powder to increase my mass, so r there any side effects of taking it more than limited quantity?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
A lighter wallet: The typical western diet provides more than enough protein to support the metabolic processes of the athletic population. Multiple studies show that supplemental protein has no effect on the results of training.
Dr. Andrew Shiller
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 26 years experience
Yes, potentially: A study showed that in people working out, more than 20g of protein 3-4 times a day didn't help them. Taking too much protein could put extra load on your kidneys. Stones, gout if you really overdo it. If you're supplementing, make sure you drink plenty of water. A far greater factor in how 'buff' you get and good you feel, will be your safety and consistency in working out.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take protein powder?

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Dr. Johnnie Alston
Podiatry 15 years experience
Yes: If you overload on protein it will most likely get flushed out if your system.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can I still take my protein powder if it has already technically expired?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Protein powder: Please do not consume any product that has reached its expiration date.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to use protein powder to get lean?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Protein: If you are referring to eating more protein and less carbohydrate intake to lose weight and become lean, that may work.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it dangerous to take protein powder?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Protein supplements: You can spend your money more wisely by buying and eating natural foods sources rich in protein than protein supplements. It's been known that some protein powders are embellished with steroids without your knowledge which can damage your muscles. Only eating a healthy diet and exercise can increase your weight and muscle mass.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is a safe protein powder for 14 y/olds?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
Beef, fish, chicken: Unless there are reasons that a regular diet is not sufficient to provide nutrition to a youngster, protein powders are not needed. The appetite of a normal teen should allow the intake of adequate protein. If high protein is needed suggest eating high protein foods. The protein powders hold no special advantage to growth or health.

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