How much protein do I need each day?

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
The daily recommendation for protein varies according to age, gender, activity level and other factors. In general, the daily protein recommendation for women is 46 grams. It is best to get at least 1 ounce or 7 grams of protein in the morning. An example would be 1 egg, 2 tablespoons nut butter, 1 slice cheese, half cup tofu or half cup beans or lentils.
Eric Olsen
A general rule of thumb for estimating daily protein needs is that 0.8 grams of protein for each kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight is more than enough. For a 155-pound individual, that amounts to less than a quarter pound of protein a day, not all that much, and you don't have to get this protein from animal sources at all; beans and grains in combination, for example, provide adequate protein, with the added benefits of abundant complex carbs and fibers and little fat. Most of us eat much more protein than we need.
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