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Protein at every meal for stronger muscles in older people

Protein at every meal for stronger muscles in older people

Did you know eating protein at every meal might make you stronger?

New research suggests eating daily protein across breakfast, lunch and dinner potentially increases muscle strength in older people.

Older adults participating in Canadian research who consumed protein in a balanced way during the day had more muscle strength than those who consumed more during the evening meal, and less at breakfast, according to Canada’s Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) former PHD student Samaneh Farsijani.

Many seniors consume most of their daily protein intake at lunch and dinner, RI-MUHC assistant professor Stéphanie Chevalier says in a press release from the university.

“We wanted to see if people who added protein sources to breakfast, and therefore had balanced protein intake through the three meals, had greater muscle strength,” Dr Chevalier says.

The study involved 1741 men and women, aged between 67 and 84 years, and tracked their protein intake and daily distribution, muscle strength and mobility over a three-year period.

The stronger muscles did not equate to better mobility as they aged, according to the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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The challenges of healthy ageing: Eating well for older people

First published: October 2017

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