Last week we discussed a study completed with 20-70 year old obese ladies and the positive effects of eggs for breakfast. This week we review another study completed, but this time with adult men.
Two groups were chosen and they were fed on differing occasions isocaloric breakfasts of either eggs of bagels. The groups had blood samples drawn at baseline and at 30, 60, 120, 180 minutes post breakfast. Blood levels of plasma glucose, insulin, and appetite hormones (leptin, ghrelin, etc) were recorded at each blood draw.
The subjects who consumed the bagel breakfast consumed more calories at lunch and for the next 24 hours post breakfast than the eggs group. All subjects filled out Visual Analog Scales to assess feelings of fullness and hunger and the group who consumed the bagel reported much higher feelings of hunger and less satisfaction than did the egg group. The bagel group also had increased ghrelin, insulin, and blood glucose values relative to the eggs group.
Ghrelin – is s hunger stimulating hormone produced by the pancreas and stomach. Ghrelin is the opposite of leptin (a satiation hormone
If one is interested in weight loss one of the best strategies is to consume healthy high protein and smart fat breakfast. Eggs can be just that. It is found in research that higher carbohydrate breakfasts will cause increased caloric consumption throughout the next24-36 hour period and high insulin (storage hormone) and ghrelin (hunger inducing hormone). This is s recipe for disaster when goals are weight loss. Controlling appetite and satiation are key, start your day with a eggs and you are one step closer than yesterday.