Excerpt from a great post on "This is how to get into ketosis the right way.": How do you get validation that you are in ketosis? There are 3 main methods how to measure the presence of ketones in your body. Blood Urine Breath Here is a big picture about ketone bodies flow The liver … Continue reading Getting Into Ketosis
Byte Sized Summary: a method estimating protein needs by amino acid consumption estimates that the recommended protein intake is too low. Background While the method used in this study will not be accessible to most people, we did find it noteworthy that being deficient in single amino acid can waste a slew of others, and … Continue reading Are you getting enough protein? One estimate says not by 41%
Context: literature on muscle contraction and muscle fiber is often focused around two proteins, actin and myosin. Here are some of the latest findings on actin from a biotechnology research group in the University of Wroclaw, in Poland: "Actin is highly conserved and it is the most widespread protein in eukaryotic cells. One of the most important … Continue reading A Tid-Byte More on Actin
Yes, that's right, it has been done. More than once. Actually, some of us at Little Byte have received a lot of slack consuming protein this way, especially for recipes adding Diet Coke(R). Full disclosure: these recipes do not bring the boys (or girls) to the yard. Turns out, we are not the only ones doing this … Continue reading The Tuna Fish Milkshake does not bring anyone to the “Yard”, but it’s still whole protein
A common question is: "How are amino acids related to peptides and proteins"? Simple answer: amino acids are like train cars, peptides are short trains, and proteins are long trains. So, is the nutritive value of a protein (train) greater than the sum of its amino acid (train car) parts? The short answer is yes, … Continue reading Does Whey Protein make you feel more full than the simple amino acids?
Byte-sized spoiler: one study shows pea protein increased muscle mass with weight training, and there was no difference between pea and whey groups. If you haven't seen it at the store already, you can now get 10g pea protein per serving from the the nut milk brand Silk. I purchased some at SafeWay, and it … Continue reading Pea Protein may be an alternative to Whey for weight lifters to gain muscle
The research question at hand is the degree of impact of a dietary protein source and type (e.g. animal vs plant) and amount on selected physiological and health outcomes. Here is what a randomized study recently found (emphasis added): ...[D]iets varying in protein quantity with either beef/pork or soy/legume as the predominant source have minimal effects … Continue reading Does animal vs plant protein impact appetite control or energy expenditure?
Readers frequently ask about the effects of a fad- and low carbohydrate diets.