New Study: Protein for Breakfast Helps Teens Control Appetite

My inbox this morning had a press release from the Egg Nutrition News Bureau reporting on new studies presented this week at Experimental Biology 2009. Research presented at the meeting demonstrates that choosing protein for breakfast can help adults manage hunger while reducing calorie consumption throughout the day. Good to know, certainly, but it was the research on teens that caught my interest.

Researchers from the University of Kansas Medical Center assessed the impact of a protein-rich breakfast on appetite and overall calorie consumption among teens who traditionally skip breakfast. While each test breakfast contained 500 total calories, the researchers examined variables including the protein form (solid food or beverage) and the amount of protein versus carbohydrate in the breakfast.

  • Teens consumed fewer calories at lunch when they ate a protein-rich breakfast of solid foods compared with a protein-rich beverage breakfast
  • Post-meal hunger was significantly reduced when the teens ate a protein-rich breakfast of solid foods

Not surprisingly, they stress the importance of encouraging children and teens to consume a healthy breakfast. According to data from the Nationwide Food Consumption Surveys and Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals, skipping breakfast has been associated with a higher BMI in teens. Previous research published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that consuming high-quality protein foods for breakfast, such as eggs, can keep individuals satisfied longer, and may help them consume fewer calories throughout the day.

So, in a nutshell (or should I say eggshell? - ha ha, I crack myself up!), the study shows that teens who choose a protein-rich breakfast are less hungry and eat fewer calories at lunch.

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