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May 6 2010 12:00 AM

The importance of high-quality protein foods in overall health was among the topics discussed at Experimental Biology 2010 in Anaheim, California. Researchers from a variety of institutions discussed studies that looked at varying levels of dietary protein intake to promote health throughout life including the role of protein in weight loss and muscle maintenance.

Dietary Protein for Overall Health
A panel discussion including leading protein researcher Don Layman, Ph.D., examined the research debate regarding favorable dietary protein needs for Americans. Layman, who is a professor emeritus of nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Director of Research at the Egg Nutrition Center, presented an analysis of studies on weight loss and optimal dietary protein intake for adults.

"A common myth is that adults are eating more protein than they need, but in actuality many individuals may not be meeting their protein needs, especially when they are consuming a lower-calorie diet as part of a weight loss plan," says Dr. Layman. "Another big problem is that the typical American diet generally does not include enough protein at breakfast."

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