Eating protein three times a day could make our seniors stronger

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Quebec researchers link protein distribution to greater mass and muscle strength in the elderly.

Loss of muscle is an inevitable consequence of aging that can lead to frailty, falls or mobility problems. Eating enough protein is one way to remedy it, but it would seem that spreading protein equally among the three daily meals could be linked to greater mass and muscle strength in the elderly.

These are the findings of a study conducted at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) [Dr. Stéphanie Chevalier, scientist with the Metabolic Disorders and Complications Programat the RI-MUHC and an assistant professor at the School of Human Nutrition at McGill University] in collaboration with the Université de Sherbrooke and the Université de Montréal. The research team examined both the amount of protein consumed and its distribution among people aged 67 and over, using one of the most comprehensive cohort studies in Quebec.

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