Proteintillskott eller inte?
: en studie om intag av protein och inställningen till proteintillskott hos styrketränande män

Translated title of the thesis: Dietary supplements or not?: a study on protein intake and attitudes towards protein supplements
  • Simon Johansson
  • Marcus Dickson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Introduction: The Swedish training trend continues according to Stadiums annual survey of Swedes' training habits. Dietary supplements are a supplement that should be consumed in addition to the usual diet, and the motivation for athletes to use dietary supplements is, for example, to protect health and performance. Protein supplements are consumed to increase protein synthesis and positively affect muscle function and exercise. Studies have previously examined athletes' attitudes towards dietary supplements, but few studies have examined the attitude towards protein supplements in people who have weight training as a hobby.



    Aim: The study aims to investigate the attitude to the use of dietary supplements in the form of protein (protein powder, bars). The study will also examine the protein intake of users and non-users of protein supplements.


    Material and method: The study consisted of a web-based questionnaire and a diet registration. The recruitment was carried out via a Facebook group that focuses on exercise and health.


    Results: A total of ten people participated in the diet registration. There was underreporting of energy intake in all diet registrations, which affects the credibility of the results. There was some difference in protein intake between users and non-users of protein supplements, and non-users of protein supplements consumed more animal products than users. A total of 26 people answered the web formula questionnaire from 18 years up to 50 years old and trained at least three times per week, the response rate varied as there were open ended questions. Intake of protein supplements is largely due to the fact that you need to get extra protein and for those who choose to abstain, it was more about they got enough from their everyday diet.



    Conclusion: Despite the uncertainty in reported data on energy intake, dietary records show that users of protein supplements largely rely on protein supplements to cover protein requirements, and the difference in consumption of different types of food groups was primarily animal products. The reason for refraining from protein supplements is because of the cost and its effect.




    Date of Award2020-Sept-18
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorElisabet Rothenberg (Supervisor), Karin Wendin (Examiner) & Arwa Mustafa (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Culinary Arts and Food Sciences

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nutrition and Dietetics (30304)


    • exercise
    • eating registration
    • food supplements
    • protein
    • attitude

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