Leaflet: Eating well for wound healing – a guide to protein
Nutrition and Dietetics Service
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Last updated: July 2020
Next review: November 2021
Exactly how much protein do I need?
Protein needs are usually based on body weight, and most people who do not have a wound need to eat about 1g of protein for every kg that they weigh, every day.
However, to heal a large wound the body usually requires 1¼-1½ times more protein than usual.
To work out how much protein is needed to heal a large wound, weight in kilograms is multiplied by 1.25 or 1.5 For example, a person who weighed 40kg and had a large wound would need to consume 50-60g protein every day to help heal their wound.
The following table shows the protein content of foods which are good sources of protein: