BCAAs cause an insulin spike, and provide leucine and increase the bio-availability of leucine. During training that’s good, in moderation. Think whatever you want, but that’s a fact.
Here’s another fact: BCAAs are approx twice as insulinogenic as pure glucose.
They don’t effect blood glucose levels to the same degree as pure carbohydrates as they only cause the initial spike, however it is a very big spike when compared to supplements or even food.
Considering how carbophobic people are and how worried they are about low-GI carbs and partitioning and such to prevent insulin spiking, there seems to be somewhat of a misconception about what BCAAS do and when to take then. You wake up in the middle of the night and throw 5g of BCAAs in a glass of water and you might as well be drinking gatorade sans the kcal.
I’ll admit I’m not 100% on BCAAs between meals while cutting, but in theory, with the above info, it seems like it makes no sense. Clearly there are differing opinions about this stuff all over the place though, and I’m not a nutritionist, just a fellow t-man who is interested in nutrition and the human body [/quote]
AJ, this is an interesting post, one that many do not agree with. I am wondering what evidence you have for it?
Admittedly, most of the people who post here use the information they get from the T-Nation articles as the foundation of their belief - which is ultimately based on the scientific data that is sourced at the end of the articles. If it seems like many parrot the same thing it’s because we have all read the same articles and source material.
Can you source where your understanding comes from because it would be helpful to us all?
Thanks in advance!