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High-Protein Breakfast May Help Prevent Overeating and Obesity

Recent research, published in Obesity, found that lower protein consumption was associated with higher caloric intake from fats and carbohydrates, which may increase obesity risk.

The research team examined data from the 2011-2012 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The data were acquired from 9,341 people whose average age was 46.3. The analysis of energy intake and time of consumption showed that those who consumed lower amounts of protein in their first meal of the day had higher calorie intake in later meals.

Dr. Dana Ellis Hunnes Ph.D., MPH, R.D., Assistant Professor at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, who was not involved in the study, comments on the results of the study: “Protein slows down the rate at which we digest and absorb sugars and carbohydrates from our foods, as does fat. If we eat a breakfast that is full of highly processed or sugary foods, we digest and absorb those foods rapidly.”

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