Ironically insulin is *actually* an anabolic and anti-catabolic hormone.

For those of you in Rio Linda, this means that it "promotes muscle growth"[1] and "Prevents muscle breakdown".

If you're metabolically healthy--meaning generally low blood sugar, exercising such that your mitochondria are using both glucose and fatty acids as an energy substrate, etc. etc.--then having a bit of actual sugary foods with a meal that is high in protein and fiber after a resistance training session is going to help build muscle.

[1] The mechanism by which it promotes growth is either unknown or not widely known, so it probably doesn't *trigger* muscle growth as much as it promotes muscle growth by encouraging muscle cells to take up amino acids and such.