Large whey protein breakfast 'can help manage weight gain and diabetes'

8 April 2016

A large breakfast containing whey protein may help people to avoid weight gain, particularly if they have type 2 diabetes.

This is according to a new study from Tel Aviv University, which aimed to assess whether having whey protein for breakfast is more effective than other proteins for weight loss, satiety and reduction of glucose spikes and glycated haemoglobin (HbA1C) levels in people with this form of diabetes.

For 23 months, all 48 participants ate a large breakfast, a medium-sized lunch and a small dinner, with some getting their breakfast protein through whey protein shakes and others from eggs, soy and tuna, while a third group had a breakfast high in carbohydrates or starch.

It was shown that those receiving the whey protein diet were more satiated and less hungry throughout the day, with lower glucose spikes after meals compared to the other two diets, while their HbA1C also decreased more than with the other two diets.

Lead study author Dr Daniela Jakubowicz, professor of medicine at Tel Aviv University, said: "A whey protein drink is easily prepared and provides the advantages of a high-protein breakfast on weight loss, reduction of hunger, glucose spikes and HbA1c."

Posted by Edward Bartel

 


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