Healthcare research: A protein-rich breakfast can stop overeating

20th May 2011

Eating a healthy breakfast which is rich in protein can help to stave off hunger and stop snacking and overeating later in the day, new healthcare research has found.

A study completed at the University of Missouri showed that consuming a good breakfast would also send psychological signals and reduce feelings of food motivation and food reward.

Researchers tested psychological hunger and satiety by looking at people's perceived feelings of hunger along with hormone markers, as well as investigating psychological reward-driven motivation to eat.

They targeted teens who frequently skip breakfast as subjects for the study, as statistics show that 60 per cent of young people do not eat a meal in the morning.

Heather Leidy, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, said: "Everyone knows that eating breakfast is important, but many people still don’t make it a priority. This research provides additional evidence that breakfast is a valuable strategy to control appetite and regulate food intake."

Eating a good breakfast is recommended for weight loss, as well as general health.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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