FAMILY FIRST: Protein Check!

By: scarlson@nbc15.com
By: scarlson@nbc15.com

There is a lot of talk these days about protein - whether it be for you on a diet, or your extremely active child on the soccer team.

So why not spend a day or even a week counting what's on your kitchen table for the family?

Protein requirements are complicated because the amount we need changes with age-- so here's a look:

Infants require about 10 grams a day.

Teenage boys need up to 52 grams a day.

Teenage girls need 46 grams a day.

Adult men need about 56 grams a day.

Adult women need about 46 grams a day.

Another way to count protein requirements is as a percentage of calories.

The "My Pyramid" plan suggests that protein make up between 17% to 21% percent of total calories.

Studies show less than 20 percent of most populations get the protein they need, so eat up!


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