Eggs for breakfast cut calorie intake

Washington: Eating eggs for breakfast everyday can reduce hunger and decreases calorie consumption at lunch and throughout the day, according to a new study.

The study 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.

The study supports previous research which revealed that eating eggs for breakfast as part of a reduced-calorie diet helped overweight dieters lose 65 per cent more weight and feel more energetic than dieters who ate a bagel breakfast of equal calories and volume.

"There is a growing body of evidence that supports the importance of high-quality protein in the diet for overall health and in particular the importance of protein at the breakfast meal. We examined two typical American breakfasts, and the participants` self-reported appetite ratings reveal that a protein-rich breakfast helps keep hunger at bay," said Dr. Maria Luz Fernandez., study author and professor in the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Connecticut .

"Starting the day with a high-quality protein breakfast like eggs is a great tool to promote long-lasting fullness and reduced calorie consumption. For only 70 calories, eggs are a compact, nutrient-rich source of high-quality protein, and nearly half of an egg`s protein, along with many other nutrients, is found in the yolk, so I always encourage eating the whole egg," said Helenbeth Reynolds, registered dietitian and nutrition consultant.

The study has been published in the latest issue of Nutrition Research.