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Figures and tables

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These should be styled as below, numbered and listed in the order in which they appear:


Robinson SM, Jacard C, Persaud C et al. Protein turnover and thermogenesis in response to high-protein and high-carbohydrate feeding in men. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;52(1):72-80


WHO. Protein and Amino Acid Requirements in Human Nutrition. Geneva, WHO, 2007

Lemon PWR. Chapter 5 in: Lanham-New S, Stear S, Shirreffs S & Collins AL (eds) Protein and Amino Acids in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

Online material

Daily Mail, 2 May 2015 (accessed 4th May 2015)

Protein World website (accessed 4th May 2015)


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