Human protein requirements: assessment of the adequacy of the current Recommended Dietary Allowance for dietary protein in elderly men and women.


A continuous 30-day metabolic N balance study was conducted in seven elderly men (75 +/- 4 yr) and eight elderly women (78 +/- 9 yr) to evaluate the current protein Recommended Dietary Allowance for older men and women. The subjects received a diet providing 0.8 g egg protein (N x 6.25) kg-1 day-1. Energy intake computed to meet needs averaged 32 and 29… (More)