When eating in excess, it is the number of calories we consume rather than protein that raises total body fat, researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, reported in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). In a study involving 25 healthy volunteers, they found that those on a low-protein diet gained less weight compared to others who were on a high-protein diet. However, calories alone impacted on the rise in body fat, and not protein.

 

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