New research published in the Journal of Nutrition investigated the physiological response to various ounce equivalents of protein food sources in young healthy adult participants and revealed:
- Animal-based protein food sources elicited greater anabolic responses than plant-based protein food sources. Eating animal protein foods, such as beef, pork and eggs, may lead to increased protein synthesis, which has been shown to have benefits such as improved satiety and lean muscle mass maintenance.
- “Ounce equivalents” of protein food sources as expressed in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) are not metabolically equivalent and should be considered as the DGAs develop approaches to establish healthy eating patterns. Currently, the DGAs do not address the issue of differences in protein quality associated with varied food sources.
What does this mean for your clients? Not all proteins should be considered equal! Help individuals choose and prepare high quality proteins, like beef, to serve as a nutrient-rich foundation that supports optimal health and well-being.
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