Adult men need approximately 56 grams of protein each day, while adult women need 46 grams of protein daily, as stated by the American Heart Association. Adults should consume at least 10 to 35 percent of protein from their daily calories, while lactating women and growing children require more for healthy development and milk production.
It is important to find sources of protein in low fat foods or beverages such as skim milk and legumes. Too much protein can come from foods high in saturated fats, which can cause elevated cholesterol levels. Healthy amounts of daily protein can come from an 8-ounce glass of milk, low fat yogurt, a 3-ounce piece of lean meat and 1 cup of dry beans.