The truth about protein

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This episode delves further into our exploration of food science and nutrition and continues to explore just how food affects our bodies.

Protein is often see as the magic ingredient in our diets, the key to unlocking our fitness and strength – but are these spurious health claims or does protein provide genuine health benefits?

Richard MacKenzie, Director for Sport & Exercise Science Research Group, Roehampton University joins Stefan to explore what protein is, why we really need it in our diet and how much we should be consuming.

From the role of protein shakes to the benefits to bicep muscles, listen to some fascinating facts and advance your understanding of this complex and often misunderstood area of nutrition science.

About our panel

Dr Richard MacKenzie, Director for Sport & Exercise Science Research Group, Roehampton University

Dr Richard MacKenzie completed his PhD: Acute Hypoxia & Exercise Metabolism in Type 2 Diabetes (University of Brighton) in 2009. Following an RAE funded research position at Brighton, Dr Mackenzie took up a lectureship at the University of Westminster in 2008 before his moved to University of Roehampton to take up a Readership in Insulin Resistance and Metabolism. Dr Mackenzie is also Research Director for the Sport & Exercise Science Research Group at Roehampton University.

Dr Mackenzie is often employed to work as a consultant to a variety of companies, offering advice, measurement and analysis of human metabolism. Examples include BBC 2 Horizon and Mediwise, where he acts as a consultant on the development and testing of a novel glucose-monitoring device for the improved management of diabetes.

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