A favorite question and it is an ironic question if you buy the many claims that it is the super over intake of protein that is causing so many health problems in America. If it is true that most americans are eating way too much protein, shouldn’t that be the concern? How do you not get too much protein, is never asked. Still that is the hyper concern, not: “Are you getting enough of the 8 essential fatty acids, or selenium, or vitamin D, or minerals, etc.”…well I was glad to get an article reference on it…someone willing to take a stab at the old question – how much protein do we need?
Thanks for the link from Valerie author of The Green Smoothie Experiment blog:
an article by Dr. McDougall who says, “the final tally, based on solid scientific research, is: your total daily need for protein is about 20 to 30 grams.” (p.3) A chart shows people on his diet at 35-75 gms, I believe he suggests about 10% of your calories be protein.
McDougall’s article (newsletter) comes complete with sulfur molecule diagrams and 42 footnotes primarily from medical journals, and primarily focuses on the harm of eating too much protein (kidney problems, osteoporosis, etc).