As both a source of calories and essential nutrients, protein is the most important macronutrient. Most U.S. consumers have an adequate intake of protein, however trends such as the move towards plant proteins and an aging population means optimal dietary protein consumption should not be assumed for everyone. This presentation looked at protein’s nutritional functions and how various factors impact protein needs such as age, sex and health status. Sources of proteins, the role of individual amino acids and how protein-containing foods rate in regards to protein quality were also covered with a look at what population segments may need increased protein consumption.
Joanne L Slavin, Ph.D., RD, Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota speaking on “Proteins for Health” at the 2017 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar.