The recommended protein intake is a hotly debated issue in the nutrition community. Many experts feel that the current recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 0.8 grams per kilogram body weight (0.36 grams per pound) is too low, particularly for athletes and those with special medical needs. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States recommends that protein intake comprise 10-35% of total calories – a range intended to take into account an individual’s different needs as a result of age, weight, gender, activity level, medical needs, health goals, individual preferences and lifestyle.