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    Explain why health effects of Protein deficiency and Protein excess are more commonly seen in children than in adults.

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    People of all ages need a constant supply of dietary protein. The body can store lipids (as fat) and carbohydrates (as glycogen), but doesn't have a quick storehouse of protein. Extra protein in the body is converted to glucose (gluconeogenesis) for energy or to triglycerides (lipogenesis). One of the reasons that we need to eat protein from plants and animals is that we are unable to synthesize (make) adequate amounts of about 10 amino acids. These are called the essential amino ...

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    This solution discusses the problems of excess and insufficient protein in both children and adults. It contrasts them and points out reasons why excess protein or a protein deficiency may be more serious in children.