Do women need protein?
In my early morning haze, I try to skim through the NYTimes Online. I usually find something exciting to read and frequent the Top Ten section.
This morning I was intrigued by this article: Phys Ed: What Exercise Science Doesn’t Know About Women
Originally the study was completed on Men. (as with most research)
He asked a group of male cyclists to ride intensely until their legs were aching and virtually all of their stored muscle fuel had been depleted. The cyclists then consumed bars and drinks that contained either mostly carbohydrates or both carbohydrates and protein.
What resulted for the MEN
Dr. Rowlands found that the cyclists showed little benefit during the first interval session. But during the second, the men who ingested protein had an overall performance gain of more than 4 percent, compared with the men who took only carbohydrates.
BUT THE WOMEN wanted to know what that meant for THEM.
So they did the study again….
This time, though, the results were quite different. The women showed no clear benefit from protein during recovery. They couldn’t ride harder or longer.
the women who received protein said that their legs felt more tired and sore during the intervals than did women who downed only carbohydrates.
It maybe linked to estrogen, and it’s ability to protect the muscles. It think it’s IMPORTANT for research like this to be discussed, cause there’s so much debate about diets not having enough protein in them for women. Arguably protein makes you feel more full, but so does fiber. Perhaps, we as women don’t need to be pounding eggs, meat, egg whites, chicken breasts and grainy protein powder.
In fact, it may just be holding us back.