Along with politics and religion, you can add nutrition to the list of topics to avoid at your next cocktail party. This was especially true of the once misunderstood bad boy of the nutrition world: protein.

In the 1980s it was fat. In the ‘90s and 2000s, it was carbs. Then protein was added to the list of macronutrients experts were telling you to avoid. The experts made mistakes before, and were about to make the biggest nutrition blunder of them all with their new take on protein.

The protein crusaders had arrived, and they were every bit as fanatical and misinformed as their fat phobic and carb avoiding counterparts.

But before you can understand where things were headed and why they were wrong, it will help to know where we had been.

It’s not that these researchers were not acting on what they thought was good information. The 1980s fat scare was based first on rat studies showing high-fat diets

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