HIGH PROTEIN DIETS NOT THE BEST FOR ATHLETES

Rosenbloom, C. (June, 2003). High protein diets don't deliver for athletes. GSSI Sports Science News. [http://www.gssiweb.com/reflib/refs/607/highprotein.cfm?pid=96]

Some sports persons consider protein to be the most important nutrient for building and maintaining muscles and therefore, advocate the avoidance of carbohydrates and an emphasis on protein.

Carbohydrates and proteins perform different dietary and physiological roles. One should not be substituted for the other.

Protein is the building block for making hormones, enzymes, and blood cells. It aids in tissue repair and the maintenance of a healthy immune system.

Implication. Protein and carbohydrate are essential components of an athlete's diet. When consumed from the "right" sources and in adequate amounts, the athletic body's needs will be met.

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