Eating a high protein breakfast can help reduce hunger pangs throughout the day and prevent overeating, according to a study at the University of Missouri.
The research found that high protein food, such as waffles made with protein powder, increases the desire to limit further food intake and reduces hunger throughout the day.
It was also found to reduce the brain signals controlling food motivation and reward driven eating behaviour.
We are always told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and now it seems skipping the meal is strongly associated with unhealthy snacking, overeating (especially at night), weight gain and obesity.
Heather Leidy, assistant professor in the MU Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology said: “People reach for convenient snack foods to satisfy their hunger between meals, but these foods are almost always high in sugar and fat and add a substantial amount of calories to the diet. These findings suggest that a protein-rich breakfast might be an effective strategy to improve appetite control and prevent overeating.”