sports nutrition

Three big pieces of nutrition news from reasonably reliable sources

1. Consuming twice the recommended daily allowance of protein protects muscle mass while promoting fat loss: “A new report appearing in the September issue of The FASEB Journal challenges the long-held adage that significant muscle loss is unavoidable when losing weight through exercise and diet. In the report, scientists show that consuming twice the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein while adhering to a diet and exercise plan prevents the loss of muscle mass and promotes fat loss. Tripling the RDA of protein, however, failed to provide additional benefits.” Okay fine. I’m off to re-read Tracy’s post on how to get lots of vegan protein.

2. Fruit isn’t evil, after all. Phew. So sorry Tim Ferris.  And as Tracy says, no foods are evil really. Now it turns out that some fruit protects against Type 2 diabetes. “Eating blueberries, grapes, apples and pears cuts the risk of type 2 diabetes but drinking fruit juice can increase it, a large study has found.” I’m having blueberries for breakfast with hi-protein cereal and soy milk, see above.

3. Your gut bacteria may be making you fat. “The bacteria in our gut already plays an important role in digestion. But new studies indicate that our bacteria could play a major role in whether or not we become obese.” Okay, in mice. But still worth reading about.