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High protein intake may prevent disease

The amount of protein we consume might not be enough, according to nutrition experts at the 2007 Protein Summit. The current recommended daily allowance is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight per day. However, eating as much as 35% of your calories as protein (if you eat 2,000 calories per day, that’s 700 calories or 175 grams of protein), may prevent many kinds of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, Metabolic Syndrome and bone loss. Eating high-quality protein from animal sources such as meat, dairy, eggs, poultry and fish is important as these foods contain the ideal balance of essential amino acids. You also get many other necessary nutrients including vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, niacin, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. One of the best ways to consume enough protein is to add protein drinks to your regular eating regimen of 5-6 small meals a day.

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