Knowing your body, and knowing how much! Protein 101 with the Today show!

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A good way of getting great valuable information is through tv food networks, magazines, books, the internet, and even the TODAY show! I gathered information from the TODAY shows “Protein 101: how much do you need.” This will give everyone a chance to understand the basics of protein and consumption for all age and body types. 
How much protein do you need for good health? As a general rule, between 10 percent and 15 percent of your total calories should come from protein. (Today)

How to do this: An easy way to figure this out in your head is to take your weight, divide it in half, and subtract 10. The total will be the number of grams of protein you should consume each day. So, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should eat about 50 grams of protein.(Today)
What is protein? Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are two types of protein: animal and plant. However, there are about 20 amino acids, divided between essential amino acids and non-essential ones.  Your body can break down essential amino acids into non-essential ones.(Today)
Where to get your amino acids:
Vegetable proteins are typically “incomplete,” meaning there are either missing amino acids or too few of them to maintain the body’s total needs. Vegetable proteins come from nuts, seeds, and 
Animal protein has the complete profile of all the amino acids. Beef, chicken, veal, lamb, port, fish, eggs, are all complete proteins
Here are some more examples of amounts of protein in food: Easy good ways:
1 cup of milk has 8 grams of protein
A 3-ounce piece of meat has about 21 grams of protein
1 cup of dry beans has about 16 grams of protein
an 8 oz container of yogurt has 11 grams of protein
Recommended Dietary Allowance for Protein needed each day
Children ages 1 – 3  13
Children ages 4 – 8  19
Children ages 9 – 13  34
Girls ages 14 – 18  46
Boys ages 14 – 18  52
Women ages 19 – 70+  46
Men ages 19 – 70+  56
Children should try to get as complete an assortment of amino acids as they can on a weekly basis. Adults should aim to get all their amino acids on a monthly basis(Today)

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