Dietary reference values for proteins
The Health Council of the Netherlands has carried out a periodic evaluation of dietary reference values for protein in children and adults, as well as in women who are pregnant and those who are breastfeeding. To this end, the Council has based its approach on the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) dietary reference values for protein. The Council’s specific focus was whether adults aged 60 and above require more protein than younger adults. There is an ongoing scientific debate on this issue, also some countries use a higher dietary reference value for this group. The Council has found no convincing evidence that a higher population reference intake is required for all older adults. The Council does not rule out the possibility that specific subgroups of older adults, such as frail older adults or malnourished older adults, may benefit from more protein. Dutch dietary reference values expressed as grams per day are slightly higher than those used by the EFSA. This is because the Dutch are taller and, thus, heavier than the average European. The dietary reference values for protein are used mainly by the Netherlands Nutrition Centre and by dietitians.
Download "executive summary Dietary reference values for proteins" 1/4
Download "advisory report Dietary reference values for proteins" 2/4
Download "background document Evaluation of dietary reference values for protein" 3/4
Download "background document Systematic review of health effects of dietary protein in older adults" 4/4
For the purpose of deriving dietary reference values for protein for older adults, the Council has performed an additional systematic literature review (described in one of the background documents). A scientific article has been written about this: Health Effects of Increasing Protein Intake Above the Current Population Reference Intake in Older Adults: A Systematic Review of the Health Council of the Netherlands. Published in November 2021.