Protein Needs for Physical Performance
Session Track: Healthier Living
Session Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013; 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
More and more consumers are becoming aware of the benefits of proper nutrition for optimal physical performance. It has long been known that consuming high-quality protein foods of all types helps to promote lean muscle-building, preserving lean body mass and promoting nitrogen balance. There is a growing understanding that protein may have additional benefits for casual and serious athletes. This session will provide you with the latest science about the importance of macronutrient composition, and the rationale for providing high-quality protein options from varying sources for exercise and recovery. Through this session, you will understand the differences between a more "optimal" dietary protein distribution pattern versus that of the "typical" American diet pattern. You will also compare and contrast newer thinking on the impact of dietary carbohydrates versus dietary protein on whole body inflammation, obesity, and CVD risk. Finally, you’ll understand the impact that standard dietary guidance in the latter part of the 20th century had on overall disease and obesity rates in the U.S.
Mitch Kanter, Ph.D., Executive Director, Egg Nutrition Center
Heather Leidy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri