December 7, 2023

cerealI have always pushed my kids to eat a better breakfast by having toast and natural peanut butter or cereal but there is anew study out today proving me right. It seems that cereal and milk are a great, easy to digest form of protein.

Exercise physiologist Lynne Kammer, from The University of Texas at Austin, led a group of researchers who investigated the post-exercise physiological effects of the foods. Kammer and her team studied 12 trained cyclists, 8 male and 4 female. In contrast to many sports nutrition studies, however, the exercise protocol was designed to reflect a typical exercise session. After a warm-up period, the subjects cycled for two hours at a comfortable work rate, rather than the more frequently seen test-to-exhaustion.

“Our goal was to compare whole grain cereal plus milkwhich are ordinary foodsand sports drinks, after moderate exercise,” said Kammer. “We wanted to understand their relative effects on glycogen repletion and muscle protein synthesis for the average individual. We found that glycogen repletion, or the replenishment of immediate muscle fuel, was just as good after whole grain cereal consumption and that some aspects of protein synthesis were actually better”.

So this morning, or tomorrow anyway break open the whole wheat cereal and milk (1% in my house) and get a good start to the day

5 thoughts on “Cereal and Milk instead of a Protein shake?

  1. The researcher says “sports drinks” but she doesn’t specifically call out protein shakes. When I hear “sports drink” I think Gatorade. Of course cereal with milk has more protein than sugar and salt water!

    Seriously, though, a real meal is better than a protein shake, except for right before, during, and right after a heavy workout. Then, whey protein and milk is best. IMHO, of course.

  2. Didn’t actually think that there was so much protein in cereal.
    Has always thought that it was mostly carbohydrates.
    Will surely eat more of this now.

  3. I have always loved eating a whole-grain cereal with milk. Nothing in life has been quite as satisfying and until reading this post has provided me a bit of a guilt. Thanks for the freedom to enjoy one of my favorite foods!

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