Weightlifters build more muscle mass drinking Milk compared to Soy Drinks

Weightlifters build more muscle mass drinking Milk compared to Soy Drinks

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[Best Syndication] Milk protein showed to be more beneficial for building muscle mass in weightlifters than drinking a soy drink according to a new study. Researchers from McMaster University’s Department of Kinesiology reported their findings first in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study researched how much muscle protein young men would gain after a heavy weightlifting workout. They had given equal amounts of protein after their workout. Either they would receive milk or a soy drink.

"Our thinking going into the study was that milk would be better than soy. We suspected this would be the case because of work done by French researchers. However, we were really impressed by how much greater the gains in muscle protein with milk were," said Sarah Wilkinson, lead researcher and a graduate student in the department of kinesiology.


The benefit of drinking milk was substantial over the soy drinks. The men drank two cups of skim milk after each workout. They gained almost twice as much muscle than those that drank the same protein amount found in a soy drink. This study was conducted over a 10 week period of time.

“This is an interesting finding, since soy and milk proteins are considered to be complete proteins that are basically equivalent from a nutritional standpoint," explained Stuart Phillips, associate professor of kinesiology, who was also involved in the study. "Our findings clearly show that milk proteins are a superior source of protein in producing muscle mass gains in response to weightlifting."

The researchers are not sure why the milk protein is more beneficial that soy proteins. The nutritional aspects of both are very similar. The researchers suspect that whey and casein may be the differentiating factor in the improved muscle gain.

"The plan at this point is to follow this up with a long-term study to see if the findings from this short-term study can be replicated," said Phillips.

By Best Syndication Staff

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