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Dietary Guidelines Need To Be Revised To Stress Protein Consumption

July 22, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Protein is essential for a healthy diet, but the type of protein eaten is just as important as the amount, according to Canadian researchers who say national nutrition guidelines are outdated and should probably be revised to take that fact into account. Eating a moderate amount of high-quality protein at each meal optimizes muscle protein synthesis and protects muscle mass, and should be a key component, along with physical activity, of any weight loss strategy. Policy makers trying to control the obesity epidemic need to stress adequate high-quality protein along with moderate caloric intake to preserve muscle mass without adding fat mass.
Emily Arentson-Lantz et al., "Protein: A nutrient in focus. ", Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, July 22, 2015, © Canadian Science Publishing
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