Why your breakfast must be protein-rich


A new study has found that a breakfast rich in protein can provide better appetite and glucose control as compared to lower-protein breakfast. Researchers found that when comparing common break-fasts with varying amounts of protein, a commercially pre-pared turkey-sausage and egg bowl, cereal and milk, and pancakes with syrup, choosing the higher-protein commer-cially prepared turkey-sausage and egg bowl provided in-creased feelings of fullness and lesser calorie intake at lunch, when compared to the lower-protein breakfasts. Dr. Kristin Harris, head of nutrition research at Hillshire Brands, said that there is great value in understanding protein’s true pow-er when optimal amounts are consumed.Protein is top of mind, but consumers should be more in-formed about how much protein they need at each meal oc-casion so they can maximize benefits, like hunger control, Harris said. Melinda Karalus, lead researcher, tested the short-term satiety effects of six breakfast meals similar in calories, fat and fiber and varied in protein; three turkey-sausage and egg-based breakfast bowls containing 40, 23 and 9 grams of protein, respectively, a cereal and milk breakfast containing eight grams of protein, a pancake and syrup breakfast with 3 grams of protein or no breakfast. Partici-pants were asked to rate their level of hunger before break-fast and at 30-minute intervals for four hours. After four hours, a pasta lunch was served and test subjects were asked to eat until comfortably full. Participants who ate the higher-protein breakfasts had improved appetite ratings through-out the morning, and they also consumed fewer calories during lunch, compared with the lower-protein cereal and pancake and syrup breakfasts, or no breakfast at all.