Protein is a “macronutrient” which the body needs in relatively large quantities. It is essential for growth, building and repairing muscles, and for many other functions in the body.
New research also shows protein helps prevent the breakdown of muscles during aging and may help with managing body weight.
The current recommendation for protein intake is 10% - 35% of total calories. The Daily Value for protein is 50 grams. While most Americans meet these recommendations for protein, it is common for people in the U.S. to consume too many calories overall. When choosing among different protein foods, it’s important to consider calories.
1 serving of lean veal has 27 grams of protein and 170 calories. To get that much protein, it takes about…
• 4 servings firm tofu (260 calories) OR
• 4-1/2 servings of almond butter (880 calories) OR
• 4-1/2 medium hard cooked eggs (330 calories) OR
• 1-2/3 cups hummus (900 calories)