Protein: Back to Basics

Posted by Lindsey Ormond, Director of Research & Development on Jun 21, 2022 4:47:37 PM

How important is dietary protein?

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NUTRITION CHALLENGES FOR AGING: THE IMPACT OF PROTEIN ON SATIETY AND ENERGY INTAKE

Posted by Daniel Crabtree, PhD on May 16, 2022 9:35:14 AM

 

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CAN LACTOSE BE A GOOD FUEL SOURCE FOR ATHLETES?

Posted by Lindsey Ormond, Director of Research & Development on Feb 9, 2022 4:27:56 PM

Our bodies utilize carbohydrates both from the diet (exogenous), and our body stores to provide energy for exercise, particularly prolonged endurance exercise. Carbohydrate is stored in our liver and muscles in the form of glycogen, but there is a limit to how much can be stored. When endogenous stores are depleted, fatigue kicks in and athletes can “hit the wall” if exogenous sources aren’t available. Delaying the depletion of the body’s carbohydrate stores by consuming carbohydrate during exercise is a beneficial tactic for prolonging and enhancing exercise performance. Increasing the use of fat as a fuel (fat oxidation) may also be beneficial for improving exercise performance and delaying depletion of the body’s carbohydrate stores.

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WHEY CAN INCREASE PROTEIN LEVELS WITHOUT NEGATIVELY IMPACTING OVERALL DIETARY INTAKE IN OLDER ADULTS

Posted by Lindsey Ormond, Director of Research & Development on Dec 23, 2021 9:39:07 AM

Sarcopenia – the loss of muscle mass and strength that occurs naturally with aging – can be mitigated by ensuring sufficient protein intake. Reducing the rate of muscle loss is a key factor for maintaining a free and active lifestyle in the advancing years. However, since protein is the most satiating nutrient and appetite diminishes with age, it could be supposed that adding more protein to the diet could lead to an overall reduction in calorie and nutrient intake at a time when they are critical.

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LACTOFERRIN’S ROLE IN IMMUNE SUPPORT

Posted by Lindsey Ormond, Director of Research & Development on May 6, 2021 3:28:40 PM

WHAT IS LACTOFERRIN? 

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Alpha-lactalbumin: Enabling Higher Quality Infant Formula

Posted by Research & Development on Nov 6, 2020 11:05:23 AM

Breastfeeding is recommended by the World Health Organization as the best option for the developing infant1. Where breastfeeding is not possible, infant formulas provide a nutritious substitute, with advances in technology enabling more sophisticated formulas to be produced.

Both human and bovine milk are complex matrices of nutrients and bioactive compounds, developed by nature to support growth and development. The protein in both human and bovine milk is composed of two main types: whey and casein, although the ratio of these varies between species; from 60:40 whey:casein in mature human milk, to 20:80 in cows’ milk. Both types of proteins are high quality, meaning they have an excellent essential amino acid profile that is well digested and absorbed by the body.

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THE TREND IS CLEAR: FORMULATING WITH CLEAR WHEY PROTEIN

Posted by Jennifer Roberts, R&D Product Development Scientist on Sep 22, 2020 9:13:21 AM

Protein products have dominated store shelves for several years now – everything from protein bars to shakes, chips to baking mixes. Protein, specifically proteins from milk, have been shown to reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease1 and improve overall satiety2. They’re also great for muscle recovery, on-the-go nutrition, and create functional benefits for a multitude of food categories. So, what is driving innovation in this market? Clear proteins. These proteins are capable of fortifying new categories of functional foods. They can be utilized at a range of concentrations, processes, and provide a clean and fresh flavor. In this blog, we’ll explore the benefits of clear whey proteins, how to use them, important formulation and processing considerations, and highlight PRObev™, our award-winning protein that is a leader in the clear protein category.

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HOW WHEY PROTEINS SUPPORT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Posted by Research & Development on Aug 21, 2020 8:30:31 AM

The influence that whey proteins can have on the immune system is an area of growing interest and, with more consumers seeking ways to support their immune system, it’s no surprise that the demand for such ingredients are on the rise.

WHEY PROTEIN

Whey protein is renowned for its muscle building ability, given its unrivalled composition and digestibility characteristics. Think about it – whey protein has all nine essential amino acids, is high in leucine, a great source of branched-chain amino acids, and absorbs quickly, not least due to its high digestibility. It supports strong bodies from a strength perspective (of course, in combination with exercise) and can also assist in weight management goals due to its role in increasing satiety. While whey protein supports these goals, it is more than just muscle building and weight management for your body. The immune system support starts with a healthy, balanced diet, with favorable body weight and composition, and an active lifestyle.

Whey protein is made up of protein fractions, as shown in Figure 1, and each fraction can exert different health benefits. In fact, two key fractions in immune system support are:

  • Lactoferrin
  • Immunoglobulins
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THE PROTEINS IN MILK

Posted by Lindsey Ormond, Director of Research & Development on Apr 17, 2020 11:50:05 AM

Milk contains two main types of proteins – casein and whey. Casein accounts for 80% of the protein in milk, while whey contributes around 20%.

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NOT ALL PROTEINS ARE CREATED EQUAL

Posted by Lindsey Ormond, Director of Research & Development on Mar 19, 2020 12:59:11 PM

Consumers are waking up to the benefits that dietary protein can provide. From endurance athletes, and weekend warriors, to those in their advancing years, however, not all proteins are created equal. When it comes to the composition of amino acids in protein, some sources of protein over others are better at meeting human requirements.

Proteins are composed of building blocks called amino acids, which are then joined together by peptide bonds to create larger peptide units. There are 20 amino acids in the diet, 9 of which are essential, meaning they must be consumed in the diet as the human body cannot synthesize them itself. Protein quality is assessed based on the amino acid composition of a protein, its ability to satisfy protein requirements, and how well it is absorbed by the body. 

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