Protein and the Older Adult
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Ford, Amanda L., and Wendy J. Dahl. 2017. “Protein and the Older Adult: FSHN17-2/FS290, 3/2017”. EDIS 2017 (2). Gainesville, FL:3.


Protein is a nutrient that provides energy for our bodies and is involved in many vital functions, such as repair, maintenance, and immune function. This 3-page document discusses the protein requirements for older adults. Written by Amanda L. Ford and Wendy J. Dahl, and published by the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, March 2017.

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