Optimal protein intake is one of the most controversial topics in the field of nutrition. Historically, recommendations for each specific age group and population have been set at levels that prevent some clinical conditions but do not optimize physical health or outcomes. The disparity has led several investigators to reassess physiological needs in multiple areas. Sarcopenia is an increasingly prevalent condition across older demographics. Approximately one third of Americans over the age of 30 have some combination of obesity and loss of critical muscle mass. Many adults carry excess body fat and inadequate lean body mass. Part of the problem is excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates, providing no protein contribution and largely responsible for the epidemic of insulin-driven lipogenesis, while displacing more protein-containing or protein-based foods. The other half of this issue is that, to a large extent, the role of protein and its importance for human health has been minimized.
While World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations do prevent specific and life-threatening metabolic conditions such as kwashiorkor or failure to thrive. However, are they adequate to support the necessary lean body mass that serves as protection against osteoporosis, insulin resistance, and provide an overall higher quality of life, specifically in older age groups. Join John Bagnulo MPH, PhD to examine recent research that questions current recommendations and the need to reassess. This discussion will also cover topics such as complementary amino acids required in plant-based diets and the ability of specific amino acids to influence various aspects of physiology.
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