As much as we wish it could, the human body cannot survive on carbs alone. In addition to other macronutrients and micronutrients, the average adult woman needs to eat about 46 grams of protein per day. The body requires protein to build and repair cells, and it cannot function properly without an adequate intake.

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Healthy, high-protein foods are also a great way to satisfy cravings, build muscle and lose fat. Load up on the protein you need by regularly enjoying these nutritious and protein-packed options.

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Source: USDA National Nutrient Database

Originally published March 2015. Updated July 2017.