Protein: A key nutrient to wound healing
Protein is made from amino acids, which can be made by the body or consumed through food
If a patient is not consuming a well-balanced diet, it is likely that they will not have enough dietary protein to meet the body’s physiological needs for wound healing.
The average healthy adult requires approximately 0.8 g of protein per kg of body weight per day. For example, a patient weighing 150 pounds requires about 55g (or 8oz) of protein each day. Table 1 outlines the protein content of the various food groups.
Approximate Protein Content of the Food Groups
Beans and legumes have the highest protein conten
Typically, a healthy person consumes the required amount of protein by eating a varied diet. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) can easily be met by consuming the equivalent of ¾ cup of cereal with 1 cup of milk for breakfast, 3 oz of chicken in a sandwich at lunch, and 3 ounces of lean beef with 1 cup of cooked vegetables and 1/2 cup of brown rice for dinner. However, for many chronically ill adults and the elderly,
Register now to continue reading
Thank you for visiting Wound Care Professional and reading some of our peer-reviewed resources for wound care professionals. To read more, please register today. You’ll enjoy the following great benefits:
Access to clinical or professional articles
New content and clinical updates each month