If you have been counting calories of each food that you eat, here is a scientifically proven, better way of finally losing some weight and i.e. boosting the intake of protein content in your diet. Scientists have proven in a recent study that the overall energy intake is less important compared with achieving the correct nutritional balance. David Raubenheimer, professor from University of Sydney in Australia, said, “Foods are complex mixtures of nutrients and these do not act independently but interact with one another. The appetite systems for different nutrients compete in their influence on feeding”.
The nutritional value of different foods is given in kilojules or kilocalories, which are standard units of energy. The study suggested that this is too simplistic as different macronutrients, namely, carbohydrates, proteins and fat interact to regulate a person’s appetite and energy intake. When foods are balanced nutritionally, there is really no competition between different appetite systems and when one nutrient requirement is satisfied, the others are too.
A lot of foods are unbalanced and have a higher or lower proportion of protein to carbohydrate than what one requires. Therefore, so as to obtain the right amount of protein one has to over or under-eat fats as well as carbohydrates.
The researchers studied baboons that live on the edge of human settlements. Despite of them eating different combinations of foods every day, they achieved consistent balance where 20 percent of the energy came from protein. The overall energy intake therefore, varied greatly and over a five-fold range.
Raubenheimer added that the findings of the study suggest that the baboon values the right balance of nutrients over energy intake.
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