Protein is one of the three ways we get calories. But it’s much more than that, a fact that research continues to reveal. Among other things, eating enough protein help us feel full longer, and provides other essential vitamins and minerals that can support strong bones and a healthy immune system.
On this edition of DataDish, we spoke with Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD, to help us understand more ways that protein contributes to health. Dr. Paddon-Jones is a Distinguished Professor in Aging and Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, where his research interests include muscle physiology, protein metabolism, sarcopenia (age-related loss of muscle mass) and physical inactivity.
Do people eat enough protein? Minimum daily requirements are different from the amount we may need for optimal health or athletic performance, but what are those amounts? Dr. Paddon-Jones explains.
How much protein can our body use from one meal? You may have heard that eating too much protein in one meal is a waste because our bodies have the ability to process only a certain amount. The truth is that there is a difference between the amount our bodies can process from one meal and the amount required to stimulate muscle growth.
Does protein intake impact kidney health? Dr. Paddon-Jones clarifies this misconception about protein consumption in healthy people.
Which source or protein is better: plant or animal? Protein comes from both plant and animal sources, so the choice is entirely up to you. Vegetarians can get plenty of protein, it just takes a little more planning to make sure they get all the necessary amino acids.
What is the role of the funder in research? Dr. Paddon-Jones discusses transparency and the role of research funders to address basic science and practical issues.
Enjoy the podcast! And for more on the power of protein, check out some of our latest resources, including Fact Sheets, Protein 101 podcast, protein supplements and everything else you need to know about protein.