Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 11 : Eating whey protein, a powder to be made into a smoothie, before breakfast can help in preventing Type-2 diabetes by keeping blood sugars under control, suggests a study The study also found that the whey proteins also made them feel full, helping to curb their desire to have a snack before lunch.
Whey protein is a type of protein shown to have numerous benefits for muscle mass, strength, fat loss and overall health and is found naturally in milk and cheese, reports the Mail Online.
"We know that high blood glucose levels after eating can contribute to poor blood glucose management and can also be detrimental to cardiovascular health," said study author Dr Daniel West from Newcastle University in London.
"We've shown that consuming small amount of whey protein before a meal could help people avoid those high blood glucose levels and may help them to feel more satisfied after mealtimes," Dr West added.
The team conducted two studies, first experiment involved 12 obese men in which they did a 30 minute rest or a light treadmill session and then either they were given 20g of the supplement or a placebo before consuming a carbohydrate-filled breakfast.
The researchers found that blood sugar levels, which normally spike after eating, were found to be controlled as a result of the whey protein.
In the second study, 11 men suffering from Type-2 diabetes were given 15g of the supplement. They found their blood sugars were kept under control. They were also found to be more full, helping to curb their desire to have a snack before lunch. Researchers from the University of Reading also found that whey protein lowers blood pressure and cholesterol as well as making blood vessels healthier by.
Those taking the supplement were found to have an eight per cent less chance of developing a deadly heart condition.