#94 Dr. Chad Kerksick - Plant Proteins & Exercise

In this episode of The Muscle Memoirs Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Chad Kerksick to discuss his recent review article on plant proteins and exercise. 

Dr. Kerksick is currently an associate professor of exercise science in the Exercise Science Department in the College of Science, Technology, and Health at Lindenwood University. He also serves as the director of the Exercise and Performance Nutrition Laboratory and the Master of Science in Health Sciences program at Lindenwood University, and is a vice president of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. His primary research interests include sports nutrition as well as the biochemical, cellular, and molecular adaptations relative to various forms of exercise and nutrition interventions, primarily those that promote muscle hypertrophy, prevent muscle atrophy, and promote health and recovery in healthy as well as clinical populations.

Plant Proteins and Exercise: What Role Can Plant Proteins Have in Promoting Adaptations to Exercise?

Whey protein supplementation during resistance training augments lean body mass

High-Protein Plant-Based Diet Versus a Protein-Matched Omnivorous Diet to Support Resistance Training Adaptations: A Comparison Between Habitual Vegans and Omnivores

Where to Find Leucine in Food and How to Feed Elderly With Sarcopenia in Order to Counteract Loss of Muscle Mass: Practical Advice

00:00 Introduction
02:30 How do we measure protein quality?
06:30 Differences in the anabolic potential of animal and plant-based proteins
11:30 Acute studies - differences in muscle protein synthesis between animal and plant proteins
22:00 Limitations of acute studies
26:50 Long-term studies comparing animal and plant proteins
38:40 Limitations of most long-term studies
43:18 Hevia-Larrain et al., 2021 - effects of vegan and omnivorous diets on changes in muscle mass and strength
51:00 Do vegans need more total protein to maximize body composition and strength outcomes?
52:41 Protein quality considerations for older adults

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