July 2008 Issue
Getting more protein than recommended promotes healthy bones. Thatís the conclusion of a recent review on how important dietary protein is to bone health. Protein has been both vilified and glorified with respect to its effect on bones, depending on the amount eaten, the source, calcium intake and the acid-base balance in the body. The researchers concluded that when all these factors are considered, the optimal intake for bone health is likely higher than the current recommendation of 0.36 grams of protein daily per pound of body weight (about 45 to 65 grams a day for people of average weight).
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