It’s unclear how much protein is essential as people get older. It’s best to follow the current Recommended Dietary Allowance for protein intake, which is 46 grams per day for women and 56 grams for men. As for the type of protein, mounting evidence shows that reducing animal-based proteins and increasing plant-based proteins is a healthier way to eat. A diet with any type of meat raises the risk of heart disease and cancer, when compared with a vegetarian diet.
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