Protein. Everyone is constantly talking about it and it is plastered all supermarkets. It's one of the hottest selling points at the moment in the food industry. We all know that consuming protein is crucial for our health, but how much do we actually need per day? New research shows that even though protein has gained a lot of popularity over recent years, we're still not eating enough of it.

The study, conducted by Ohio State University, found that over 1/3 of American adults are lacking when it comes to protein intake by up to 30 grams per day, which is more than half of what the FDA recommends for the average person. People over the age of 50 found that lack of protein led to worse physical well-being. That was based on a survey of over 11,000 people which was also conducted by Ohio State University.

Why is it that every grocery store and convenience shop is full of protein bars, shakes, and snacks, but people still aren't eating enough protein? Researchers say that it is probably due to poor general diet because most of the people who miss out on protein also eat less nutrient-dense foods overall. Because of this, people are also lacking critical vitamins and minerals like choline, vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc.

Not consuming enough protein can have serious effects on many different aspects of health, especially as we age. Many think protein mostly impacts the building and maintenance of muscles, but it is also extremely important for your immune system, injury recovery, and mood regulation.

The amount of protein that should be consumed varies from person to person. It is highly dependent on your age, body weight, and activity level. Jessica Coring, registered dietitian, said that the "general protein recommendations for healthy adults are 0.8 to 1.0 gram per kilogram of body weight. Since a kilogram is 2.2 pounds, someone who weighs 150 pounds (68.2 kg) needs about 55 to 68 grams of protein per day." Jessica said that other factors that affect how the body metabolizes protein or absorbs nutrients, such as pregnancy, lactation, and certain health conditions, also affect how much protein a person needs. To find the most accurate amount of protein you should be consuming, speak to your doctor.

Consuming more protein is easier now than ever. Add a scoop of protein powder to your morning smoothie, pack a marshmallowy protein bar in your bag for an afternoon snack, and have a yummy protein cookie for dessert after dinner.

Soy Protein

Smart for Life uses soy as the source of protein for their famous Low Sugar Protein Bars and Fiber Cookies. Soy is an awesome source of protein. Soybeans contain all of the essential amino acids necessary for human nutrition. Not only that, but people with diets high in soybean protein and low in animal protein have lower risks of prostate and breast cancers. Consuming soy protein also lowers levels of cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins, and triglycerides; may also improve menopausal hot flashes, and may help maintain bone density, and decrease fractures in postmenopausal women.