The CalorieKing Protein Guide
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How much protein do I need?
Kids need protein to grow properly
On average, Australians eat far too much protein. The current recommendation is that proteins make up around 15-20 percent of your total calories for the day. Protein has four calories per gram, so for a 2000 calorie-a-day diet you could eat 75-100 grams of protein. However, most of us consume more than that. Eating too much protein is damaging to your body.
A more accurate way of calculating protein needs is to allow 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight. For example, a 60kg person would need 48g of protein per day. Growing children need about one gram of protein for every one kilogram of body weight. For example, a 25 kg child needs about 25 grams of protein a day to sustain her growth.
The table below lists the recommended minimum protein intake for different people.
Recommended Daily Protein Intake (grams)
Source: Allan Borushek's Pocket Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter 2007.
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