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Findings concerning Protein Diet
Last Updated : 11:10:50 02 November, 2000 (GMT+8)

Date : September 19, 2000
By : Rajen M.

Eating Proteins Helps To Feel More "Full" Than Carbohydrates

A study has found that eating a meal high in protein content leaves subjects feeling more satiated. It seems that foods that a higher in their protein content produced the highest sensations of fullness when compared high-fat and high-carbohydrate meals. The nutrient composition of higher protein meal seems to influence physiological as well as physiological sensations that occur while you eat.

(European Journal Of Clinical Nutrition 1997; 52: 482-488)

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Eating Protein Is The Best Way To Prepare For Physical Exercise

The most common myth about exercise is that you have to load up on carbohydrates in order to achieve optimal performance. The "carbo-loading" myth has lead to the explosion of a multi-million dollar industry for makers of such foods. However, a recent Swedish study found that a high protein diet provided a higher energy turnover during physical exercise than did a high-carbohydrate diet.

(American Journal Of Physiology 1999; 276: E964-E976)

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High Protein Intake Improves Your Blood Coagulation And Hepatic Function

When compared to low protein intakes, eating a diet high in protein, seems to allow patients who tend to bleed to clot more easily. Several nutrients affect coagulation, such as vitamin K are needed by the liver to produce coagulation factors in the body. Research has found that a diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates actually impairs liver function especially in the early stages of malfunction.

(Journal Of Nutrition 1997: 127: 1279 - 1283)

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Eating protein can help you lower your "bad" cholesterol and increase "good" cholesterol

In an Canadian study, two groups of patients with relatively high blood cholesterol levels were randomly assigned to follow a low- or high protein diet for five weeks and then switched to the alternative diet for another five weeks. Fasting blood samples were drawn and tested on a weekly basis. The results showed that when dietary proteins were exchanged for carbohydrates, the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or what we commonly refer to "bad" cholesterol, was significantly reduced. In addition, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol, was significantly increased. Additionally, fasting total triglycerides were reduced by a whooping 23% as well. This study is significant because it supports protein intake and not carbohydrates, as a means of reducing atherosclerosis

(Canadian Journal Of Cardiology 1995; 11 - Supp G: 127G-131G)

Copyright Rajen M.

 

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