There is so much hype on protein these days, from how much you need to what type really helps preserve and build muscles. Well, it turns out that plant proteins are just as efficient as animal proteins at muscle synthesis, according to a new study. Dietary protein from any food source—plant or animal—can improve muscle mass and strength, researchers say. A food-frequency survey was used to estimate total protein intake of almost 3,000 men and women aged 19-72 years old, from 2002-2005. Dietary protein was grouped into fast food and full-fat dairy, fish, red meat, chicken, low-fat milk, and legumes. Protein intake was associated with lean mass, strength, and bone mineral density. Participants who met the recommended daily allowance for protein of 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight per day showed significant improvement in lean mass and strength, though bone mineral density didn’t change. Those with the lowest protein intake had significantly lower lean mass and strength compared with those who ate higher amounts.
Image: Mediterranean Edamame Quinoa Bowl, Sharon Palmer, RDN
This week I’m sharing some of my favorite plant-powered things—farm-fresh foods, events, restaurants, and products. I’m also enjoying the fruits of my vegetable garden, shown in this photo above. Enjoy this season! Eat and Live Well, Sharon Bodvar National Rose’ Day,...
Spurred on by a jar of really good peanut butter, I was inspired to include one of the best food love affairs of all time—peanut butter and chocolate—in a healthy vegan bar you can feel really good about enjoying. You’ll never guess that this moist bar has a whole can...
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