How Much Protein Do You Really Need?
August 15, 2016•9 min
How much protein should you really be getting on a daily basis?The emerging trend is to "eat more protein," but how much should you really be getting on a daily basis?For an average person, 10 percent of calories should come from protein (about 50 grams daily). If you're looking to build lean muscle, that figure can go all the way up to 20 percent. Of course, you can't eat all protein all of the time. It's important to balance out your intake with healthy fats and whole-grain carbohydrates.What are some healthy sources?
Eggs, lean meats, nut butters, beans, protein powders and bars can all help you fulfill your daily need. Bison is a great option for a lean meat that resembles beef, because it is much lower in fat and contains the same amount of protein. Keep in mind, with powders and bars, you have to be careful with the amount of sugar those products contain. If you're a vegetarian or vegan, there are also plant-based options for getting your protein needs. Soy, lentils, whole grains such as brown rice, and even vegetables are viable sources.Listen in as Sarah Tuff Dunn, award-winning health, fitness and nutrition writer, joins host Lisa Davis to explain why your body needs protein, as well as which sources are the best.