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Nutrition 101: Protein

Published in April 2007
Prepared by Jessica Hookham
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Common names
  • Protein, Peptides
Recommended Intake
  • Males ≥ 19 years: 56 g/day
  • Females ≥ 19 years: 46 g/day
  • OR Males and Females ≥ 19 yrs: 0.8 g/kg/day

Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR): 10-35% of energy should come from protein each day

What's Protein for?
  • Builds and maintains muscles, organs, skin, and blood
  • Assists in energy metabolism and cell processes
  • Defends body against disease through immune function
Best Food sources
  • Meat, fish, poultry, milk products, tofu, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains
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