Body composition; the new paradigm


The global impact of obesity inspires innovation.

For many consumers managing a healthy body over time is a challenge. Increasingly, awareness of body composition management is becoming the norm. It is widely accepted that the most effective path to healthy body composition is to combine sustainable dietary changes with exercise. Foods naturally high in protein or supplemented with high quality protein are gaining popularity as part of a sustainable and effective approach to weight management.

Carbery recently commissioned an independent research study to reveal new insights into consumer attitudes and behaviour to weight management. In that study, 40% of participants who were managing their weight considered it important to maintain or protect muscle. These “new weight managers” focused on targeting fat loss, while building and toning muscle mass during periods of calorie reduction.

How strongly do you agree with the following statements?
“I consider it important to maintain or protect muscle when I am trying to lose weight”.


“I actively avoid foods and beverages that increase my blood sugar levels when I am trying to lose weight”


Source: 2013 Independent consumer research conducted on behalf of Carbery.

Whey protein and Muscle Protein Synthesis (MPS)
Protein supports improvements in overall body composition by;

  • increasing energy expenditure (thermogenic effect of protein) and satiety, both of which are greater for protein than that of carbohydrates and fats
  • protecting lean muscle mass.

MPS is critical to muscle maintenance during periods of calorie reduction. The essential amino acids (those that the body cannot produce) are the main nutrient regulators of MPS. Whey protein is a rich source of essential amino acids. In particular, it contains leucine, a key amino acid for stimulating MPS. This unique amino acid composition and rapid digestion and absorption kinetics position Whey Protein as the number one choice supplement for influence body composition when combined with appropriate exercise. These changes in body composition will improve metabolic health, inflammatory status and insulin sensitivity.

Weight management research from Carbery

Carbery’s whey protein range, including Isolac® and Optipep®, have been shown, via partnership studies, to positively influence metabolic health via the circulating concentration of inflammatory cytokines and hormones such as insulin, leptin and ghrelin which regulate metabolic health.

We are committed to advancing the science of whey protein hydrolysates, continuing to lead the market in innovation for nutritional interventions to support positive and sustainable changes in body composition and metabolic health.

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Find out more about our brands:

Optipep, our innovative range for specialised nutritional applications includes hydrolysed whey protein isolates (90% protein) and hydrolysed whey protein concentrates (80% protein). Targeted hydrolysis enzymatically digests the native proteins into smaller fractions and peptides. These are rapidly digested and absorbed delivering essential protein nutrients for growth and maintenance of muscle mass. Learn more about Optipep® Infant and Optipep® Sports.


The Optipep production process

Isolac, our whey protein isolate range, for use in performance nutrition, infant formulae, dietetic products and clinical nutrition, are high in protein (90%), low in fat and lactose. We use cross flow micro-filtration technology, a natural process that removes fat and lactose while concentrating the valuable whey protein fractions. Read more about Isolac here.>


Carbelac, our high quality whey protein concentrates offer great versatility across a wide range of food and beverages due to its functional (texture and mouthfeel enhancement) and nutritional (higher protein) benefits. Through ultrafiltration, we target premium concentrates with 35-80% protein. Read more about Carbelac here.>



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