New Research Shows Many U.S. Adults Have Insufficient Daily Protein Intake
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Many U.S. adults over the age of 50 are falling short of their daily protein needs. But why?
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FEB. 20, 2019 4 MIN. READ
When you walk into a café and glance at the menu or walk down the supermarket aisle, you'll no doubt notice the emphasis on protein in everything from the salads and soups we order to the Greek yogurt, nuts and other foods we buy every week. With so many reminders of its presence, it's easy to assume that you're getting all the protein you need for optimal health.
But that might not be the case, according to a new study conducted by The Ohio State University and Abbott. The study, based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, finds that one in three adults over the age of 50 have insufficient daily protein intake.
Because we all need protein for important functions like building muscles, tissues, bones and antibodies, not getting enough of it can take a toll on your strength, stamina and energy.