Spoonful of any kind of sugar makes the protein go down after exercise

It’s clear that carbohydrates with protein affects insulin, thereby inducing glycogen synthesis. However, I was left thinking, “But what kind of carbohydrate is best?” And I found a study that suited my curiosity. One published in 2007 in J Int Soc Sports Nutr showed that 40 subjects who weight trained taking 40g of whey protein were also given 120g of sucrose, honey or maltodextrin (1). After 30 minutes, the honey group showed greatest glucose concentration and best degree of blood glucose maintenance; however, there was really no significant difference and either can be used (1).

Reference List
1. Tipton KD, Elliott TA, Cree MG, Aarsland AA, Sanford AP, Wolfe RR. Stimulation of net muscle protein synthesis by whey protein ingestion before and after exercise. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2007;292:E71-E76.

Published by David Despain, MS, CFS

David is a science and health writer living on Long Island, New York. He's written for a variety of publications including Scientific American, Outside Online, the American Society for Nutrition's (ASN) Nutrition Notes Daily, and Institute of Food Technologists' (IFT) Food Technology magazine and Live! blog. He's also covered new findings reported at scientific meetings including Experimental Biology, AAAS, AOCS, CASW, Sigma Xi, IFT, and others on his personal blog "Evolving Health." David is also an active member of organizations including the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society for Nutrition, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the National Audubon Society. David has a master's degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and a bachelor's degree in English from University of Illinois at Springfield. He also earned his Certified Food Scientist credential from the Institute of Food Technologists.

One thought on “Spoonful of any kind of sugar makes the protein go down after exercise

  1. But if I am only concerned with defeating sarcopenia, do I really need to worry about glycogen replenishment? Further, I'm having difficulty finding any definitive studies that show carbohydrate added to whey protein has any significant effect on hypertrophy. Got some cites?

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