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Ask any busy woman over the age of 50 about their nutritional needs and you might hear something like this, “More than ever I try to make healthy choices when I eat, but truthfully, I am not sure if I am getting the right nutrition every day.”

In our three-part series on protein for baby boomer women, Nestlé Health Science Global Nutrition Translator, Fariba Roughead, helps women over the age of 50 understand the benefits of protein. According to Roughead, “Most women over 50 don’t realize that their protein needs increase as they age!"

But what most baby boomer women don’t realize is that making changes in their nutrition now will help support good health in the decades to come.

Fariba

Why is protein so important for women over the age of 50?

Protein is an essential nutrient that is needed in the diet every single day and, unlike carbohydrates and fat, our bodies do not store protein. Think of your body as a protein-processing factory. When protein is consumed from food and supplements, it is broken down into individual amino acids that are then used to help build and preserve lean muscle. Protein also plays an important role in several bodily functions other than muscle health and therefore is recognized as a dynamic and critical nutrient.

Like an aging factory, your body gets less efficient at using the protein you eat to help support muscle health. To help you get enough protein as you age, try to spread your protein intake out over each main meal and snacks.

 

Now that you know how important protein is, click here to find out when women over 50 should eat their protein during the day.

Or click here to learn more essential facts about protein.