By taking a low protein diet, the Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21) hormone flourishes in the liver. This hormone helps to maintain better health and lead a longer life with fitness. According to a study conducted by researchers at Louisiana State University, USA, this hormone prevents the breakdown of glucose in the body and helps in maintaining energy levels. Due to this the weight does not increase rapidly. Another team found in their research that this hormone works to enhance the anti-aging effect. Taking a diet rich in low protein and carbohydrates has been shown to be equally beneficial for metabolic health.
These macronutrients allow better flow of FGF21. The conclusion of this study in Nature Communications published
How did the study happen?
Let us tell you that at present this study has been done on rats. During the study, when a normal rat was matched with the gene of a rat with a low protein diet, it was found that the normal mice looked chubby and old.
The findings of this study provide a possible explanation as to why restricted protein intake may improve the lifespan of rats. But it is also important to note that this study was focused only on male rats. Female rats may not respond as quickly to similar diets. Nevertheless, this is the first study to identify a single hormone that controls the beneficial effects of a low protein diet.
what the experts say
Neuroscientist Christopher Morrison of Louisiana State University explains that the FGF21 hormone talks to the brain and does not allow it to feel that the rat is eating a low protein diet. Therefore, there is no change in the metabolism and behavior of the rat. Before humans, experiments were done on rats.
low protein food
All fruits except dried fruits
All vegetables except peas, beans and corn
Healthy Fats Many sources of fats, such as olive oil and avocados
herbs and spices
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 22, 2022, 06:31 IST