The importance of protein in a healthy diet is well known and widely understood, however the amount one needs to stay healthy is not. Research has shown that we don't need as much protein as previously thought. The recommended amount of protein for adults has decreased by more than 50% in the last 20 years.
Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2008 shows that the amount of protein adults need is based on weight not age.
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight which translates to about 54 grams a day for a 150 pound adult.
The U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health in 1988 states: "The average man in the U.S. eats 175% more protein than the RDA's and the average woman eats 144% more." Chronic inflammatory conditions exist in millions of Americans who eat too much dietary animal protein.