University of Sydney Australia  Study Evidences Muscle Protein Drinks Bad for Health

May 4, 2019 | Amino Acids, Fitness, Health Research, Protein, University of Sydney

University of Sydney, Australia research reveals whey protein shakes from supplemental health stores may be bad for one’s health. They consist of whey proteins containing high levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). According to statistics in 2017, the global whey market is valued at $9.4 billion, growing to $14.5 billion 2023.  Consisting of three essential amino acids known as leucine, valine and isoleucine, they are fairly low in essential nutrients and may have adverse long term effects.

During a study utilizing mice the University of Sydney researchers found BCAAs can impact mood, leading to weight gain, food cravings and perhaps a shortening of lifespan. Their data showcases the health costs for chronic high BCAA intakes and how they may be a consequence of hyperphagia driven amino acid imbalance.

Lead Research/Investigator

Samantha M. Solon-Biet, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, Australia

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