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How much protein do we need?
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Ritascornershop · 02/10/2020 02:02

I’ve been vegetarian for decades (& survived 😁). My best friend is always banging on about how I can’t be getting enough protein (no matter how many times I explain it to her).

When I google it I read that women need about 50-60 grams a day. A woman at work got quite stroppy with me about this and said she eats 150 grams a day & that I’m eating poorly if I’m “only” eating about 50-60 grams of protein. I can’t imagine how she has room for other food! I’d be stuffed.

How much do other people think is required?

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LeGrandBleu · 02/10/2020 03:12

It depends on your weight and age. We need 0.8 gr of protein/kg until 65, when you should eat at least 1 gr tp prevent sarcopenia.
Excessive protein will cause gain weight and increase risk of cancer.

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Ritascornershop · 02/10/2020 03:34

Thanks, so that calculation says I should have about 49 grams a day. I wasn’t going to argue with my coworker about it, she didn’t seem like the sort who would take it well, but if I ate that much protein I’d be too full to eat any fruit or veg (or carbs).

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LeGrandBleu · 02/10/2020 05:10

Ideally you would have 30 gr in one meal and whatever left spread across day

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CodenameVillanelle · 02/10/2020 05:36

Yeah it's about 50-60 grams which I hit easily without trying every day.
Your colleague might be on a low carb high protein diet which is her choice but not necessary for good health.

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WaltzingBetty · 02/10/2020 05:45

Any excess protein intake is converted to glucose by the liver rather than stored so unless your colleague is a body builder she isn't using her 150 grams as 'protein' anyway

Annoying that she feels entitled to judge your diet but isn't open to listening to actual facts.

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Tararararara · 21/10/2020 14:12

Is your coworker overweight or is she on a low carb diet?

As above we need about 0.8 gr of protein/kg. But I need less than that as I am overweight.

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