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Dairy Council

EFAD 'Protein Nutrition' webinar

The European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) hosted a webinar on Wednesday 8th June.

The webinar was supported by the European Milk Forum (EMF), which includes the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland. It explored:

Food-focused approaches for maximising the health effects of protein - from athletes to older adults.

Dr Nicholas Burd, from the University of Illinois spoke about food matrix effects and their implications for the impact of protein on muscle. Dr Burd said that the ‘matrix’ of a food – the structure and nutrient content, and how these interact together – may be an important consideration to optimise the effects of protein. He discussed whether there may be a greater impact on muscle from protein contained in whole foods because of the nutrient–nutrient interactions in the matrix.

There were also practical insights from Dr Caoileann Murphy (Teagasc, Trinity College Dublin and Australian Catholic University). Dr Murphy discussed how food-focused approaches to achieve protein requirements have several practical advantages including enhanced palatability, affordability, acceptability, accessibility and social aspects.

The webinar was chaired by Pauline Douglas, Ulster University and EFAD Honorary Treasurer.

Nutrition and Health Professionals can watch the webinar here. You'll find it in the 'Milk, Nutritious by Nature' section.