The Power Of Protein At Breakfast; Higher Amounts May Deliver More Benefits
    By News Staff | April 28th 2014 08:49 AM | 3 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments

    CHICAGO, Apr. 28, 2014 –Many consumers are aware they should make protein a priority at breakfast, but it may be equally important for them to choose an optimal amount of protein to maximize its benefits, suggests new research presented at the American Society for Nutrition's Experimental Biology conference this week. Researchers found that when comparing common breakfasts with varying amounts of protein, a commercially prepared turkey-sausage and egg bowl, cereal and milk, and pancakes with syrup, choosing the higher-protein commercially prepared turkey-sausage and egg bowl provided increased feelings of fullness and lesser calorie intake at lunch, when compared to the lower-protein breakfasts.1

    "There is great value in understanding protein's true power when optimal amounts are consumed. Protein is top of mind, but consumers should be more informed about how much protein they need at each meal occasion so they can maximize benefits, like hunger control," said Dr. Kristin Harris, head of nutrition research at Hillshire Brands. "Hillshire Brands expects to continue to leverage clinical research to drive innovation, which includes delivering consumer-preferred products that meet health and wellness needs."

    Greater satiety through morning and fewer calories consumed at lunch

    Dr. Melinda Karalus, lead researcher, tested the short-term satiety effects of six breakfast meals similar in calories, fat and fiber and varied in protein; three turkey-sausage and egg-based breakfast bowls containing 40, 23 and 9 grams of protein, respectively, a cereal and milk breakfast containing eight grams of protein, a pancake and syrup breakfast with three grams of protein or no breakfast.

    Participants were asked to rate their level of hunger before breakfast and at 30-minute intervals for four hours. After four hours, a pasta lunch was served and test subjects were asked to eat until comfortably full. Participants who ate the higher-protein breakfasts had improved appetite ratings throughout the morning, and they also consumed fewer calories during lunch, compared with the lower-protein cereal and pancake and syrup breakfasts, or no breakfast at all.

    Blood glucose stability

    Other research presented at Experimental Biology further supports the benefits of optimal amounts of protein at breakfast. A different team of researchers found that a commercially prepared sausage and egg breakfast containing 39 grams of protein better stabilized blood glucose levels after eating when compared to a commercially prepared sausage and egg breakfast containing 30 grams of protein and a pancake and syrup breakfast containing 3 grams of protein.2

    The abstracts entitled, "The effect of commercially prepared breakfast meals with varying levels of protein on acute satiety in non-restrained women" and "Acute Effects of High Protein, Sausage and Egg-based Convenience Breakfast Meals on Postprandial Glucose Homeostasis in Healthy, Premenopausal Women" were sponsored and funded by Hillshire Brands, Chicago.

    Source: Hillshire Brands


    Here’s a problem.  A whole load of articles have appeared within the last few days, and I want to comment on them all in one comment.

    First of these is Soy-Dairy Protein Blend Increases Muscle Mass, which is something I’d certainly like to do.  But 12 Ways To Further Reduce Agriculture's Climate Footprint  tells me that I ought to be cutting back on dairy (and beef.)  So what will happen to all those cattle breeds that we see on the BBC TV series Countryfile? 

    Eggs Are The Most Effective Source Of High Quality Protein, Says Review is one suggestion, especially if I can find a good source of mustard greens: Build More Muscle By Eating More Mustard says a related article.  Perhaps I can build more muscle and help the planet by eating mycoprotein, as advertised on the YouTube below.  Especially at breakfast time: The Power Of Protein At Breakfast; Higher Amounts May Deliver More Benefits: well that might stop me getting the “nibbles”.  But will say £5 worth of mycoprotein be as satisfying as £5 worth of meat?  I feel like this hapless myriapod:
    The centipede was happy quite,
    Until the toad, in fun
    Said “Pray, which leg comes after which?”
    This raised her doubts to such a pitch
    She fell exhausted in a ditch
    Not knowing how to run.
    I am not endorsing the product advertised below, but I would like any of your experience or opinions of such mycoprotein meat substitutes.

    Robert H. Olley / Quondam Physics Department / University of Reading / England
    Science is close to politics that way.

    "The fanatical Muslims despise America because it's all lapdancing and gay porn; the secular Europeans despise America because it's all born-again Christians hung up on abortion; the anti-Semites despise America because it's controlled by Jews. Too Jewish, too Christian, too Godless, America is also too isolationist, except when it's too imperialist." - Mark Steyn
    Close to bed-time, but I am reminded of this story: - The Man and the Satyr

    A MAN and a Satyr once drank together in token of a bond of alliance being formed between them. One very cold wintry day, as they talked, the Man put his fingers to his mouth and blew on them. When the Satyr asked the reason for this, he told him that he did it to warm his hands because they were so cold. Later on in the day they sat down to eat, and the food prepared was quite scalding. The Man raised one of the dishes a little towards his mouth and blew in it. When the Satyr again inquired the reason, he said that he did it to cool the meat, which was too hot. "I can no longer consider you as a friend," said the Satyr, "a fellow who with the same breath blows hot and cold."

    Robert H. Olley / Quondam Physics Department / University of Reading / England