Revised Reference Values for the Intake of Protein

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Richter M, Baerlocher K, Bauer JM, Elmadfa I, Heseker H, Leschik-Bonnet E, Stangl G, Volkert D, Stehle P
Zeitschrift: Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2019
Band: 74
Heftnummer: 3
Seitenbereich: 242-250
ISSN: 0250-6807


BACKGROUND: Following a timely update process, the nutrition societies of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (D-A-CH) revised the reference values for the intake of protein in 2017. The Working Group conducted a structured literature search in PubMed considering newly published papers (2000- 2017).
SUMMARY: For infants < 4 months, the estimated values were set based on the protein intake via breast milk. Reference values for infants > 4 months, children, adolescents, pregnant, and lactating women were calculated using the factorial method considering both requirement for growth and maintenance. For adults, reference values were derived from nitrogen balance studies; for seniors (> 65 years), reports on metabolic and functional parameters under various protein intakes were additionally considered. Reference -values (g protein/kg body weight per day) were set as follows: infants  < 4 months: 2.5-1.4, children: 1.3-0.8, adults < 65 years: 0.8, adults > 65 years: 1.0. Key Messages: The reference values for infants, children, adolescents, and adults < 65 years are essentially unchanged compared to recently published values. Scientifically reliable data published between 2000 and 2017 guided the D-A-CH Working Group to set a higher estimated value for adults > 65 years. Since the energy consumption continuously decreases with age, this new estimated protein intake value might be a challenge for the introduction of food-based nutrition concepts for older people.

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Volkert, Dorothee Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Professur für Klinische Ernährung im Alter

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Richter, M., Baerlocher, K., Bauer, J.M., Elmadfa, I., Heseker, H., Leschik-Bonnet, E.,... Stehle, P. (2019). Revised Reference Values for the Intake of Protein. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 74(3), 242-250.

Richter, Margrit, et al. "Revised Reference Values for the Intake of Protein." Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 74.3 (2019): 242-250.


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