Warfighter Recovery Nutrition: Optimizing Protein Quantity, Quality, and Combat Ration Delivery Systems
[Technical Report, Annual Report]
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES
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The overarching goal of this strategic, collaborative plan is to provide evidence-based nutritional recommendations for the development of new combat ration food products designed to maintain performance during SUSOPS. The following specific aims address the proposed studies within this plan 1. Determine resting and post-resistance exercise skeletal muscle and whole body protein kinetic responses to graded EAA intake Study 1 2. Determine resting and post-resistance exercise skeletal muscle and whole body protein kinetics responses to various formats of EAA intake in response to acute, moderate energy deficit Study 2 3. Determine the effects of various protein-containing food matrices on skeletal muscle and whole body protein kinetics with combined military-type activities and acute, moderate energy deficit Study 3 4. Test the ration prototype during a 5-d simulated SUSOPS Study 4 on whole-body protein kinetics and performance outcomes and 5. Validate the efficacy of a protein-containing combat ration during a real-world training exercise Study 5. There is a critical need for effective and feasible interventions that sustain and optimize Warfighter health and performance during real-world operations. Development of combat ration items for optimal protein delivery will spare muscle and whole body protein and promote recovery from operational stress.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition