It may surprise you to learn that protein intake guidelines have been the subject of debate among nutrition associations, sports nutritionists, medical doctors, and other professionals with an interest in nutrition.
While there are standard guidelines that are promoted by state entities for the general population, many nutrition associations worry that the recommendations are too low for certain populations or that they don’t take into account how much of that protein is actually absorbed.
In this article, we have summarized the protein recommendations from different entities for you to consider when planning your own meals or making recommendations to your clients.
Differing Protein Recommendations
Different entities have put out varied recommendations based on study methods and target population.
For athletes aiming to build and retain body mass, the International Society of Sports Nutrition recommends between 1.4 and 2.0 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight daily. This recommendation increases beyond 3.0 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight for resistance-trained athletes and athletes on hypocaloric diets.
You follow a plant-based diet, to ensure protein absorption and offset the effects of some antinutrients.
Need More Information?
AFPA has developed several research-backed resources on the topic of protein intake and supplementation for standard and plant-based diets. If you want to learn more, take some time to explore them here: