Eggs -- nature’s appetite suppressant
In a new study, scientists led by a Indian-origin researcher, have described egg as "'nature's appetite suppressant" due to its ability to make us feel fuller for longer as compared to other foods. Previous studies have also credited the humble egg with being able to make us feel less hungry at lunchtime. In the study, 20 healthy people ate a breakfast of two eggs that had been scrambled or a bowl of cereal every day for a week. They then switched to the other option. The European Congress on Obesity heard that the meals were similar in size and had the same number of calories. They also had the same amount of protein, carbohydrate and fat.
In the run up to lunch, the volunteers were asked how hungry they felt. They were then given access to a buffet and the amount they ate was monitored. Finally, blood tests were done. The results showed that the people felt fuller after the egg breakfast. This led to them eating less from the buffet. The blood tests showed distinct differences in levels of appetite hormones. Levels of ghrelin, which is associated with feelings of hunger, were lower in the egg-eaters and amounts of PYY, a hormone that helps make us feel full were higher. Egg's satiating effects are usually attributed to the high level of protein it contains. In this study, the cereal contained the same amount of protein as the scrambled eggs, so the Louisiana State University researchers deduced that the quality of the protein is important.
Protein varies in nutritional quality, with animal protein generally superior to vegetable protein and that found in eggs the best of all, said Nikhil Dhurandhar. He has treated more than 10,000 obesity patients, said from his work it is clear that losing weight is not as simple as telling people to eat less and exercise more. He said that appetite suppressants can help bolster willpower. Drug side-effects means that a food that curbs appetite could be the solution. He advised would-be dieters to start the day with an egg or two. "They will feel full and that will help them stick to their diet and get better weight loss," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. "Eggs don't have magic powers of cutting weight but they may just help you say "no"," he added.