Protein-ImageDid you know that an 8 ounce glass of milk has 8 grams of high-quality protein? Although most Americans meet their protein needs, many are seeking new options for sources of protein in their diets, and low-fat and fat-free dairy foods can help meet this need!

The Institute of Medicine recommends that 10 to 35 percent of total daily calories should come from protein. That’s about 50 to 175 grams per day for a 2,000 calorie diet. Note: Calorie needs differ per individual, see choosemyplate.gov for guidelines.*

  • Although most people meet minimum protein requirements (i.e., the low end of this recommended range), many may benefit from a moderately higher protein intake (i.e., the mid-level of this recommended range) such as active individuals and older adults.*
  • There is also benefit in spreading protein intake throughout the day.  Some experts suggest people may benefit from consuming approximately 20 to 30 grams of high-quality protein at each meal.*

From helping build muscle with exercise to providing easy and tasty options at meals, high-quality protein foods, such as low-fat and fat-free dairy, can help Americans meet their health and wellness goals.

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*Please remember to check with your doctor or registered dietitian before making changes to your diet and/or exercise routine