Protein guidelines for diet need review, say researchers

Protein foodsNew research suggests a moderate amount of high-quality protein can improve health and protect muscle mass, so researchers want the American and Canadian food guides to revise their recommended servings.

Both the Canadian and American food guides recommend about two and three servings of meat and alternative items a day. This category is where we can get the bulk of our protein. Protein is essential for the body as it is required for muscle repair and tissues, and it can help us feel full for longer.


“The message of protein at each meal in moderation is a paradigm shift from the typical nonspecific default recommendation of a large, global increase in protein intake for populations actively seeking to increase or maintain muscle mass and function,” said co-author of the study, Rajavel Elango.

Current protein recommendations are based on older guidelines, so they may not be sufficient enough to promote proper protection of muscle mass, especially in older adults.

Protein is also essential for weight loss, so by combining protein and exercise together, researchers said they believe this could be a possible solution to the obesity epidemic.

As protein is also needed for the development of tissue and muscle recovery, new protein recommendations can benefit all people in every life-cycle.

The findings were published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.


Author Bio

Emily Lunardo studied medical sociology at York University with a strong focus on the social determinants of health and mental illness. She is a registered Zumba instructor, as well as a Canfit Pro trainer, who teaches fitness classes on a weekly basis. Emily practices healthy habits in her own life as well as helps others with their own personal health goals. Emily joined Bel Marra Health as a health writer in 2013.


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