Guidry News Service recently visited with Dr. Douglas Paddon-Jones, leader of a team of researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who last week announced their finding that a full serving of protein is needed at each meal for maximum muscle health. Listen (15:03)
The new study, which has been published online in the Journal of Nutrition, contends that the potential for muscle growth is less than optimal when protein consumption is skewed toward the evening meal instead of being evenly distributed throughout the day, beginning at breakfast.
“If you look at American eating patterns, we tend to migrate towards the carbohydrate breakfast foods,” Dr. Paddon-Jones said, listing cereals, breads and muffins. “Where’s the protein?”
He said a breakfast without protein would not provide the best metabolic environment to promote healthy aging and maintenance of muscle size and strength.
The study included volunteers who consumed evenly distributed protein meals. The 24-hour muscle protein synthesis of those volunteers was 25 percent greater than subjects who ate according to the skewed protein distribution pattern.
Dr. Paddon-Jones said the research leads to a simple suggestion.
“Try and include a few high quality proteins at breakfast, and for most of us, reduce the portion that we’re eating at dinner."
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