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5 Things You Need to Know About Daily Protein Requirements

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5 Things You Need to Know About Daily Protein Requirements
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And how much is that? You may be surprised. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, most Americans consume 50 percent too much protein. With the great popularity of high protein/low carbohydrate diets in recent years, protein has taken on an almost "free food" (food without risk of negative consequence) reputation. Serving as our bodies' basic building blocks, proteins are highly important, but should be consumed in appropriate moderation. The average adult requires approximately 8 g of protein for every 20 lbs. of body weight.

And how much is that? You may be surprised. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, most Americans consume 50 percent too much protein. With the great popularity of high protein/low carbohydrate diets in recent years, protein has taken on an almost "free food" (food without risk of negative consequence) reputation. Serving as our bodies' basic building blocks, proteins are highly important, but should be consumed in appropriate moderation. The average adult requires approximately 8 g of protein for every 20 lbs. of body weight.

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