Adults who consume protein evenly throughout the day—breakfast, lunch and supper—have a 25% increase in muscle maintenance, growth and repair rates, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition.

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The study involved healthy adults who followed diets with two different distributions of protein throughout the day: one that was evenly distributed containing 30 grams of protein per meal, and the other with an uneven protein distribution of 65 grams at dinner, 15 grams at lunch and 10 grams at breakfast, like a typical American diet. Both patterns included 90 total grams of protein each day, which is consistent with current dietary guidance for healthy adults and average intakes in the U.S.

Lean beef was the primary source of protein for each menu. This research builds on the growing body of evidence supporting the role of high-quality protein, like beef, in healthy living, including muscle growth and development.

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