The study, published in Nutrition Research, found that men who consumed an egg-based breakfast ate significantly fewer calories when offered an unlimited lunch buffet compared to when they ate a carbohydrate-rich bagel breakfast of equal calories.
In the study, twenty-one men each ate two different test breakfasts. On one test day the participants ate an egg-based, protein-rich breakfast including three scrambled eggs and one-and-a-half pieces of white toast. On another test day they ate a bagel-based, carbohydrate-rich breakfast including one plain bagel, one half tablespoon of low-fat cream cheese and six ounces of low-fat yogurt.
The two breakfasts contained identical calories, but when the men ate the egg-based breakfast the researchers found that not only did they eat 112 fewer calories at a lunch buffet three hours later, they also consumed about 400 fewer calories in the 24 hours period following the egg breakfast.
The study findings aren't entirely surprising. They support a growing body of research that shows high quality protein, including that found in eggs, may help prolong feelings of fullness, and may play a starring role in weight management.
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