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How much protein do I need?

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Exactly how much you need changes with age:

  • Babies need about 10 grams a day.
  • School-age kids need 19-34 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 (71 grams, if pregnant or breastfeeding)

From: Protein: Are You Getting Enough? WebMD Medical Reference

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Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academies: "Dietary Reference Intakes." Fulgoni, V. , May 2008. Weigle, D. July 2005. U.S. Department of Agriculture.


American Journal of Clinical NutritionAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on November 12, 2018

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Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academies: "Dietary Reference Intakes." Fulgoni, V. , May 2008. Weigle, D. July 2005. U.S. Department of Agriculture.


American Journal of Clinical NutritionAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition,

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on November 12, 2018

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