Consuming 30 grams of protein 30 minutes before bedtime seems to have a positive effect on muscle quality, metabolism and overall health, according to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. And, better yet, don't get body fat.
The research was conducted by Michael Ormsbee, professor of nutrition, eating and sports at Florida State University, and Samangha Leyh, a graduate student at the university.
The study participants consisted of young women in their early twenties. They eat samples of cottage cheese for 30 to 60 minutes before going to bed.
Scientists say that this is one of the first nutritional studies in which participants consume a complete meal, not a protein shake or some kind of supplement.
Ormsbee commented that before research people thought whole foods would behave as supplements and this did not occur in this study. Looking ahead, researchers will look at other types of food to find the best night food for muscle recovery.