One reader wanted to know how much protein he or she should be consuming. Here was the question that was submitted anonymously:
Q: I need to add protein to my diet. How many grams do I need per day?
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A: According to information provided by Susan Krumm, a nutrition educator for K-State Research and Extension in Douglas County, the protein requirement for adults is fairly small. It’s between 36 grams and 72 grams per day for adults of all ages weighing from 100 to 200 pounds. Specifically, the amount needed is 0.36 grams protein per pound of body weight. That’s 54 grams for someone who weighs 150 pounds.
Half of a small boneless skinless chicken breast provides about 27 grams of protein. One egg or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter contain about seven grams of protein.
Many older adults do not eat the amount recommended.
According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, some older people lose significant amounts of muscle mass, are more likely to fall and then suffer injuries, and have trouble doing basic muscular activities needed for independent living.
People with health conditions, such a diabetes or kidney disease, should consult with their health care provider regarding how much protein to eat.