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The Correlation Between Protein and Metabolism

The Correlation Between Protein and Metabolism

We're sure that you've heard people say that protein can help keep you fuller longer, but have you ever been curious how that works? We had our Registered Dietitian friend, Aimee, dumb it down for us! Read what she has to say below.

Information regarding varying metabolic impacts of different types of proteins is quite limited and only suggests an insignificant difference among the types of proteins. Inherently, all protein sources outweigh fat and carbohydrates when it comes to heating the body during digestion through a process called TEF (thermic effect of food), thus resulting in a greater metabolic burn. There are a few other foods and additives that may further boost metabolism, even in only a slight amount. 

Dark, leafy greens play an important role in our metabolism, so when possible, try to pair proteins with an abundance of spinach, kale, collards, arugula, and chard. If time is limited, consider grabbing a product like ICONIC’s Cacao + Greens protein drink since it is packed with a blend of kale, broccoli, and spinach plus 20 g protein per bottle. 

Caffeine can help bump up energy expenditure, but when combined with protein, like that in ICONIC’s Café Latte protein powder providing 100mg caffeine and 20g protein per scoop, it could further increase your metabolic burn. 

A type of fat known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s) appears to have a slight increase in metabolic rate. Adding MCT’s to your coffee is definitely on trend and more products are showing up with MCT oil in their ingredients. For example, ICONIC’s Keto Collagen Coffee powder contains protein, caffeine, as well as MCT oil, making it a very attractive option for those looking to add an extra boost in the rate of their metabolism. 

Keep in mind that an overall healthy diet consisting of plenty of protein, fiber from produce, complex carbs, beans, and healthy plant fats, plus regular exercise with resistance training is of utmost importance when it comes to keeping metabolic rates out of a slump. 

Aimée Plauché, RD, LDN 

Nutritional Wellness Consulting

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