Better Health? Find Out What You Need To Double Diet

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Whether you're running an Ironman or walking laps at the mall, current guidelines on protein intake just aren’t enough to keep you healthy – especially if you’re over 50. That’s the word from a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences examined how four different eating plans affected the muscular health of 20 healthy adults ages 52 to 75. The researchers randomly assigned participants to one of four groups: Two groups followed the Institutes of Health’s current recommended daily allowance of 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight (for an 180-pound person, that comes out to roughly 65 grams of protein per day). Half of them divvied that protein up equally between breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the rest ate the majority of their protein at dinner (which is typical for most U.S. adults). The other two groups ate double the RDA (1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight), either equally or unevenly distributed between meals.

 

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