Trouble with ‘Recommended’ Daily Allowance.
The Protein Fallacy:The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is commonly cited as 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight per day. The problem is that this doesn’t take into account gender, age, activity level, etc.
Recent research suggests that older adults may require higher protein intake to effectively combat muscle loss; 1.2 grams per kilogram of body weight per day. 50% more!
Even worse…recent studies suggest that protein intake in a hospital was lower than the RDA.
Age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, can contribute to weakness, reduced mobility, and increased risk of falls and fractures. Consuming adequate protein can help slow down this process by supporting muscle growth, repair, and maintenance.
Protein-rich foods, such as lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, legumes, and nuts, provide essential amino acids needed for muscle protein synthesis. Including a variety of these sources in the diet can help older adults meet their protein needs.
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