How much protein is needed in diet to be healthy?

How much protein is needed in diet to be healthy?

Some people have the misconception that the more protein a person consumes, the healthier he or she will be. This is not true. As with fat, it's important to meet your needs. Buy beyond that, excess protein becomes a disadvantage. It puts stress on the liver and kidneys and is linked with other healthy problems, such as calcium loss.

For basic daily maintenance, nutrition authorities typically recommend about 0.8 gram of protein for each kilogram of body weight for adults, which works out to about 1 gram of protein for every 3 pounds you weigh. If you weigh 120 pounds, that works out to about 40 grams of protein each day. If yo weight 150 pounds, that's about 50 grams of protein, and so on. During times of growth or healing, a bit more may be required. Extra protein is required after surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy. this may increase your body's protein needs by 20 to 50 percent. However, note that most North Americans already get more than twice the protein they need, so there is not necessarily a need to add more. Some of the menus on pages 147-150 each provide 0 grams of protein. This more more than enough to meet the needs of an average adult.

Healthy Eating for Life to Prevent and Treat Cancer, Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine.

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