New research presented at the 19th European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France reports that eating eggs for breakfast is associated with greater satiety and reduced calorie consumption at lunch than eating wheat-based breakfast foods like ready–to–eat breakfast cereal.i Participants in the study reported feeling fuller following the egg breakfast and tests of their hunger hormone levels supported their self–reported observations. When tested after eating the egg breakfast, levels of the hunger–signaling hormone ghrelin were significantly lower and levels of the hormone that signals fullness, PYY, were significantly higher.
This randomized, crossover trial compared two breakfast meals that were nearly identical in the amount of calories and protein provided, but the quality of protein in the breakfasts distinguished the two. The egg breakfast supplied high–quality protein, meaning the protein provides all of the essential amino acids. High–quality protein foods, like eggs, contain high concentrations of the amino acid leucine which may play an important role in decreasing body weight.