Protein-rich breakfast reduces cravings, overeating later in the day

May 24, 2011 in Nutrition Topics in the News, Weight Management

Protein-rich breakfast reduces cravings, overeating later in the day
According to new study findings from researchers at the University of Missouri, eating a healthy breakfast, especially one high in protein, increases satiety and reduces hunger throughout the day.

To investigate, researchers studied a group of teens that reported to regularly skipping breakfast.  Researchers assigned the teens to either continue to skip breakfast or consume a 500-calorie breakfast containing cereal and milk (which contained normal quantities of protein) or a higher protein meal prepared as Belgium waffles, syrup and yogurt.

At the end of each week, the volunteers completed appetite and satiety questionnaires. Right before lunch, the volunteers completed a brain scan, to identify brain activation responses.

Researchers found that compared to breakfast skipping, both breakfast meals led to increased fullness and reductions in hunger throughout morning.

Brain scans revealed that brain activation in regions controlling food motivation and reward were reduced prior to lunchtime when breakfast was consumed in the morning. 

Additionally, the higher protein breakfast led to even greater changes in appetite and satiety compared to the normal protein breakfast.

Wondering what to have as your morning meal?  Click here to read Leslie Beck's transcript from CTV's Canada AM on some of the best and worst breakfast foods.

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