We all need protein, but most Americans eat enough, and some eat more than they need. How much is enough? Most people, ages 9 and older, should eat 5 to 7 ounces of protein foods each day, depending on overall calorie needs.
What counts as an ounce of protein foods? 1 ounce lean meat, poultry, or seafood; 1 egg; 1⁄4 cup cooked beans or peas; 1⁄2 ounce nuts or seeds; or 1 tablespoon peanut butter.
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