protein, reference

views updated May 29 2018

protein, reference A theoretical concept of the perfect protein which is used with 100% efficiency at whatever level it is fed in the diet. Used as a means of expressing recommended intakes. The nearest approach to this theoretical protein are egg and human milk proteins, which are used with 90–100% efficiency when fed at low levels in the diet (4%), but not when fed at high levels (10–15%).

reference protein

views updated May 23 2018

reference protein See protein, reference.