October 15, 2007/Pharma Marketletter -- New research presented today at the American Dietetic Association Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo suggests that dairy proteins, especially whey, excel in building muscle and reducing fat, which may help control body weight and curb obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Whey is a high-quality protein isolated during cheese-making, and is already a popular ingredient in foods.

Stuart Phillips, associate professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Canada, elaborated on recently published findings. "Our research demonstrated that milk proteins are more effective than soy in building muscle and reducing fat, when consumed after regular resistance exercise. In additional research, whey-protein consumption appears to have a similar effect, even in the absence of exercise or diet," said Phillips.

From the October 22, 2007, Prepared Foods e-Flash