A new study published online by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition points to the benefits of choosing a higher-protein breakfast. Researchers at the University of Missouri found that study participants who consumed a protein-rich egg and beef breakfast, versus a typical ready-to-eat cereal breakfast, reported increased feelings of fullness. Compared with participants who skipped breakfast altogether, those who ate the high-protein meal also experienced significant improvements in hunger and satiety hormone levels and reduced food cravings prior to dinner (as shown from reduced neural activation).
Additionally, those who ate the egg and beef breakfast also consumed fewer high-fat snacks later in the evening. These findings suggest that getting more protein in the first meal of the day may be a useful strategy for those looking to manage weight. More details of the study can be found here, along with insights from lead researcher Heather Leidy, PhD and breakfast tips from registered dietitian Neva Cochran, MS, RD, LD.