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From: sam579 (
Subject:         Seniors & protein
Date: August 16, 2007 at 9:13 am PST

Hello, Jeff.

As people age into their 60's, 70's, 80's do they require more protein than when they were younger?

My friends and I usually go to this restaurant that has a huge salad bar with all kinds of greens, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower tomatoes and so. I eat a lot of salads so I order the salad bar and nothing more. By the time I have put on my plate every kind of veggie they offer I usually have 2 or 3 heaping dinner plate's full of salad. I then soak it all down with vinegar, no other dressing.

They on the hand have all ordered their steak or hamburgers, they do make a salad too, a small but with only a few of the veggies. Mine is about 6 X larger. (It's a good source for jokes for the group but I don't mind and just laugh along with them)

They tell me their doctors tell them to eat more protein because as we age we can't absorb protein as well from our meals. So this the reason they give for ordering their steaks. is this true? Do we need more protein as we age? Do you think I am getting enough?

On the salad bar are soups too. I eat only one small bowl, both have small chunks meat .. white chicken breast for the chicken noodle or small chunks of hamburger for the chili. I am probably getting only, at best, a couple ounces of meat in all. Is this enough protein? Should I be concerned?


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