How Much Protein Do We Need? – The New York Times

“Q. It seems that many people who are not elite athletes are now hyper-focused on protein consumption. How much protein does the average adult need to consume daily?

A. The recommended intake for a healthy adult is 46 grams of protein a day for women and 56 grams for men. And while protein malnutrition is a problem for millions of people around the globe, for the average adult in developed countries, we are eating far more protein than we actually need.

Most American adults eat about 100 grams of protein per day, or roughly twice the recommended amount. Even on a vegan diet people can easily get 60 to 80 grams of protein throughout the day from foods like beans, legumes, nuts, broccoli and whole grains.”

Comments are pretty critical, such as:

Pat Boice

Idaho Falls, ID July 28, 2017

The author says “Even on a vegan diet people can easily get 60 to 80 grams of protein throughout the day from foods like beans, legumes, nuts, broccoli and whole grains.” I would like to see a menu where this claim is possible! It would seem that one would have to consume a very large amount of food in order to accomplish eating 60 to 80 grams of protein on a vegan diet, much less a vegetarian diet! 1 cup of cooked beans gives 15 gms of protein, 1 cup of cooked broccoli gives 3 gms….. I don’t eat much meat, so on a vegetarian diet (not vegan) I have to work on it to keep my calorie intake low enough to not gain weight, and try to get around 30 gms. of protein!

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