Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

The Protein Myth

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

The Protein Myth

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Remember when you were a kid and the adults all told you to "make sure you get plenty of good protein.?" Protein was the nutritional "good guy" when I was young. And, of course, milk fitted right in.

As regards protein, milk is indeed a rich source of protein - "liquid meat," remember? However that isn't necessarily what we need. In actual fact, it is a source of difficulty. Nearly all Americans eat too much protein.

For this information, we rely on the most authoritative source of which I am aware. This is the latest edition (10th, 1989: 4th printing Jan. 1992) of the "Recommended Dietary Allowances" produced by the National Research Council. Of interest, the current editor of this important work is Dr. Richard Havel of the University of California in San Francisco. First to be noted is that the recommended protein current recommendation is 0.75 grams per kilogram (kg.) of body weight a day for adults 19 through 51 years. This, of course, is only 45 grams a day for the mythical 60 kilogram adult. You should also know that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated the need for protein in adults to be 0.6 grams per kg. a day. (All RDA's are calculated with large safety allowances in case you're the type who wants to add more to "be sure. …

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