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Anabolic properties of plant based proteins

 
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Project leader: Prof Luc van Loon
Time frame: 2016 – 2020
Project code: 16 NH02
Research theme: Nutrition and health
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 Summary


More than half of the total amount of dietary protein that is consumed by humans worldwide is of plant origin, with plant based proteins providing up to 80% of dietary protein consumed in less developed regions. Overall it is assumed that plant based proteins are less potent in stimulating post--‐prandial muscle protein synthesis. However, the anabolic properties of the main plant based protein sources have hardly been assessed. This project will investigate the anabolic properties of a selection of plant based protein sources and a key reference protein. After the evaluation of the nitrogen content and amino acid profiles of the main plant based proteins, a selection will be tested for their capacity to stimulate post--‐prandial muscle protein synthesis in vivo in humans.

Furthermore, protein blends will be defined and tested for their combined anabolic properties.

This project will bring together key players in the nutrition industry to evaluate the anabolic properties of plant based proteins and develop novel concepts for more sustainable protein consumption in both health and disease.

Key objectives

To assess the anabolic properties of key plant based protein sources and specific protein blends.

Main deliverables

  • Definition Of nitrogen content and amino acid profile of a wide variety of plant based proteins.
  • Assessment of the anabolic response to the ingestion of a selection of key plant based proteins, a key reference protein, and their protein blends in vivo in humans.
  • Deeper understanding of the anabolic properties of plant based proteins in vivo in humans.