New research confirms that eating eggs boosts a healthy weight loss plan
PARK RIDGE, IL, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - A study published online today in the
International Journal of Obesity shows that eating two eggs for breakfast, as
part of a reduced-calorie diet, helps overweight adults lose more weight and
feel more energetic than those who eat a bagel breakfast of equal calories.(1)
This study supports previous research, published in the Journal of the
American College of Nutrition, which showed that people who ate eggs for
breakfast felt more satisfied and ate fewer calories at the following meal.(2)
"People have a hard time adhering to diets and our research shows that
choosing eggs for breakfast can dramatically improve the success of a weight
loss plan," said Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, Ph.D., lead researcher and associate
professor in the department of infection and obesity at Louisiana State
University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center. "Apparently, the increased
satiety and energy due to eggs helps people better comply with a
Significant Weight Loss Related to Egg Breakfast
Compared to the subjects who ate a bagel breakfast, men and women who
consumed two eggs for breakfast as part of a reduced-calorie diet:
- lost 65 percent more weight
- exhibited a 61 percent greater reduction in BMI
- reported higher energy levels than their dieting counterparts who
consumed a bagel breakfast(1)
The egg and bagel breakfasts provided the same number of calories and had
identical weights (energy density), which is an important control factor in
satiety and weight loss studies.
The researchers also found that blood lipids were not impacted during the
two month study. They found that blood levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol, as
well as triglycerides, did not vary compared to baseline cholesterol blood
levels in subjects who ate either the bagel or egg breakfasts. These findings
add to more than 30 years of research that conclude that healthy adults can
enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease.
New Emphasis on the Importance of High-Quality Protein
This study adds to the growing body of research which supports the
importance of high-quality protein in the diet. The American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) published a special issue in May 2008, which
contains nine articles that focus on the value of high-quality protein in the
American diet. A major finding was that not getting enough high-quality
protein may contribute to obesity, muscle wasting (loss) and increased risk of
Jump Start the Morning with Eggs
Jackie Newgent, registered dietitian and chef, stresses the importance of
obtaining adequate high-quality protein when advising consumers about weight
loss. "Eggs are a good source of all-natural, high-quality protein, so they
can help keep you satisfied longer, making it easier to resist tempting
snacks," said Newgent. "Nearly half of an egg's protein, and many of the other
nutrients, are found in the yolk, so make sure to eat the whole egg for
Newgent suggests these nutrition tips for a successful weight loss plan:
- Manic Monday: Make a batch of hard-cooked eggs on Sunday, so you'll
have all-natural, high-quality protein meals for your on-the-go
schedule during the week. Plus, eggs are incredibly affordable. At an
average of $1.93 per dozen (or $0.16 per egg),(5) eggs are one of the
most affordable high-quality protein foods in the marketplace.
- In-a-Minute Morning Meal: In less than 60 seconds, you can prepare an
egg breakfast to help jump start your day. Simply beat one whole egg
in a microwave-safe mug then cook in the microwave oven on high for
60 seconds. Slide the egg onto a whole grain English muffin. Add
flavor with a sprinkling of fresh herbs, salsa, or cheese. Serve
fresh seasonal fruit slices, like peaches in the summer, on the side
for a balanced meal.
For More Information
- To receive an educational brochure on high-quality protein and for
more information on the benefits of eggs, visit the Egg Nutrition
Center at www.enc-online.org
- Join the discussion on eggs and nutrition science on Dr. Donald J.
McNamara's blog, www.UnscramblingTheScience.com
- For more protein-rich egg recipes and preparation tips, visit the
American Egg Board at www.incredibleegg.org
About the American Egg Board (AEB)
AEB is the U.S. egg producer's link to the consumer in communicating the
value of The incredible edible egg(TM) and is funded from a national
legislative checkoff on all egg production from companies with greater than
75,000 layers, in the continental United States. The board consists of 18
members and 18 alternates from all regions of the country who are appointed by
the Secretary of Agriculture. The AEB staff carries out the programs under the
board direction. AEB is located in Park Ridge, Ill. Visit
www.incredibleegg.org for more information.
About the Egg Nutrition Center (ENC)
The Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) is the health education and research
center of the American Egg Board. Established in 1979, ENC provides
science-based information to health promotion agencies, physicians,
dietitians, nutritional scientists, media and consumers on issues related to
egg nutrition and the role of eggs in the American diet. ENC is located in
Washington, DC. Visit www.enc-online.org for more information.
(1) Vanderwal JS et al, et al. Egg breakfast enhances weight loss. Int J
of Obesity, published online on August 5, 2008.
(2) Vander Wal, JS, et al. Short term effect of eggs on satiety in
overweight and obese subjects. J Am Coll Nutr. 2005; 24(6): 510-515.
(3) Fulgoni, VL. Current protein intake in America: Analysis of the
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2003-2004. Am J
Clin Nutr. 2008; 87(suppl):1554S-7S.
(4) Layman DK, et al. Protein in optimal health: Heart disease and type 2
diabetes. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008;87(suppl):1571S-5S.
(5) United States Agricultural Department, Economic Research Service,
July 16, 2008.
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