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How much protein should I have in my diet?


The daily recommendation for protein intake is 0.8 to 1 gram/kilogram body weight. This means that 180 pound (82 kilograms) person should eat 81 grams of protein daily. This amount should be consumed in 3 to 7 servings of protein, including dairy products, daily. This gives you the right amount of protein and amino acids.

What are protein supplements?

Instant protein (also known as whey protein) is a concentrated form of protein that can be mixed with your foods and beverages. A serving provides anywhere from 6 to 16 g of extra protein. It is a food supplement and does not require a prescription. It is made from whey, soy, or lactose and is low in carbohydrates. The two primary brands of instant protein are Beneprotein, marketed by Nestle, and Shaklee Instant Protein. It is used to enhance your diet, promote healthy skin, increase muscle strength and assist your immune response. It is also used in combination with diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol to minimize the risk of heart disease. In addition, it can help with nutritional management when you have a condition that requires specific dietary guidelines. It is not for use in infants and is a food supplement not to be used as your only source of nutrition.

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