From the results of these methods of approach to the problem, there are at present two schools of opinion with regard to the optimum protein composition of a diet. On the one hand, what may be called the orthodox school believe that it is safer to supply liberal amounts of this essential and advocate a protein consumption in the neighbourhood of 100 grammes per day. On the other hand, quite a number of leading nutritionists, including Chittenden and Hindehede, are convinced that too much protein is present in the average diet, and they favour a restricted intake of about 50 grammes per day. The latter view is founded largely on the results of laboratory experiments, while the former is based on the more empirical results of dietary analysis.
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