Insect protein supplementation may not deliver muscle gains, says study
By Will Chu, Source: Nutrients
via Nutra Ingredients - 12-Mar-2018
Supplementation using insect-derived protein appears to offer no muscle mass or strength advantages over carbohydrate supplementation, according to a pioneering Danish study.
Using protein isolate extracted from the lesser mealworm (Alphitobius diaperinus), young healthy men enrolled in the first-of-its-kind trial did not see any physical improvements to eight weeks of resistance training.
“With a growing world population and increased need for dietary protein, insect protein should be considered a valuable alternative to other dietary animal protein sources given its environmental profile,” said the researchers, led by Aarhus University’s Mathias Vangsoe.
“We found that eight weeks of resistance training effectively promote gains in fat- and bone- free mass (FBFM) and muscle strength in healthy young men with a habitual intake of protein corresponding to the general population of young Danish men.
“However, no difference in morphological adaptations such as hypertrophy or muscle strength was observed between supplementation groups, as hypothesised.”
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