Consuming Protein and Carbs Together Does Not Affect Protein Synthesis

Protein timing is a popular and important topic in sports nutrition. Consuming protein and amino acids after weight training promotes protein synthesis, and might enhance the training effect. Athletes also consume carbohydrates after exercise to promote glycogen resynthesis in the muscles and liver. A study from Maastricht University in the Netherlands found that consuming protein and carbohydrates together delayed the absorption of protein but had no effect on protein synthesis during five hours after a meal. The study showed that while carbohydrates delay protein absorption, they have no effect on protein synthesis in either young or old man. (Journal Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism, 99: 2250-2258, 2014)

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