Washington: Eating foods rich in protein such as eggs and meat for breakfast can significantly improve appetite control and reduce unhealthy snacking in the evening, a new study has found.
Heather Leidy, an assistant professor in the department of nutrition and exercise Physiology, University of Missouri-Columbia is the first to examine the impact of breakfast consumption on daily appetite and evening snacking in young people who skip breakfast.
In her study, 20 overweight adolescent females ages 18-20 either skipped breakfast, consumed a highprotein breakfast consisting of eggs and lean beef, or ate a normal-protein breakfast of ready-to-eat cereal. Participants completed questionnaires and provided blood samples throughout the day. Prior to dinner, a brain scan using functional magnetic resonance imaging was performed to track brain signals that control food motivation.
The consumption of the high-protein breakfast led to increased fullness or “satiety” along with reductions in brain activity that is responsible for controlling food cravings. The high-protein breakfast also reduced evening snacking on high-fat and high-sugar foods compared to when breakfast was skipped, Leidy said.
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