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I need to add protein to my diet. How many grams do I need per day?

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 a 150-pound person. Half of a small boneless skinless chicken breast provides about 27 grams of protein. One egg or 2 tablespoons of peanut butter contain about 7 grams of protein. For more information, contact Krumm at 843-7058 or by e-mail at


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