The word “protein” comes from the Greek word “protos” which means first. Proteins were called that due to their very important status in the food pyramid as they are the building blocks of the human’s meat, bones, hair, blood, connective tissue antibodies, etc… And while proteins are absolutely essential to our healthy survival and continuity, more of them doesn’t always translate into better health.
In recent years, the World Health Organisation was followed by multiple national food and agriculture administrations in setting up what is known as the Recommended Dietary Allowances for protein amongst other nutrients. The amount is calculated in accordance with your body weight and averages 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight. This is not a directive on how much protein you must consume daily but it is in some way the quantity necessary to ingest if you want to stay healthy.
In order to figure out your optimal dose of protein, all you need to do is multiply your current body weight in kilograms by the RDA, i.e 0.8. There are many protein intake calculators on the internet to make this task easier since they often include factors such as your exercise habits, your age and your gender, thus giving you a very precise idea of how much protein meets your minimum nutritional requirements.
Despite the calculation being extremely easy, there is still a lot of confusion on the subject because of the common misconception that we are eating too much protein with our regular unfiltered diets. Scientists however argue otherwise. The RDA would give you around 10% of your daily calorie intake, but the average American for example gets over 16% of his calories from protein and this number is most definitely not excessive according to what was said in the latest Protein summit.
It was concluded in this summit that exceeding the RDA and aiming to get 15% to 25% of your total calories from protein is both safe and beneficial for you.