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Maastricht University research

Potatoes might aid muscle-building

According to a recent study, potato protein consumption can strongly increase muscle protein synthesis rates at rest and during recovery from exercise. The study, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, shows that plant-derived proteins can induce strong muscle-building responses.

Researchers at Maastricht University in The Netherlands found that consuming 30 grams of potato-derived protein concentrate following resistance exercise “strongly increased muscle protein synthesis rates to levels that did not differ from the response following the ingestion of an equivalent amount of milk protein concentrate”.

“The anabolic response to exercise depends on the exercise stimulus and the postprandial increases in circulating amino acids,” said lead study investigator Luc J.C. van Loon, a professor of physiology of exercise and nutrition at Maastricht University Medical Centre.

“In general, plant-derived proteins are considered to have lesser anabolic properties, due to their lower digestibility and incomplete amino acid profile. Our results show that ingestion of 30 grams potato-derived protein will support muscle growth and repair at rest and during recovery from exercise.” 


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