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Protein-Rich Breakfasts Prevent Unhealthy Snacking in the Evening

April 10, 2013

A new University of Missouri study indicates eating a high protein breakfast curbs the appetite and  helps control food cravings. This early morning punch of protein seems to prevent overeating later in the day. Eating breakfast could help improve the health of the more than 25 million overweight or obese adolescents in the United States.

Heather Leidy, an assistant professor in MU’s Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, is the first to study the impact skipping breakfast has on young people.  This  research corresponds to Mizzou Advantage’s Food For the Future  and One Health/One Medicine initiatives.

Story from MU News Bureau

Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but up to 60 percent of American young people consistently skip it. Now, Heather Leidy, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, says eating a breakfast rich in protein significantly improves appetite control and reduces unhealthy snacking on high-fat or high-sugar foods in the evening, which could help improve the diets of more than 25 million overweight or obese young adults in the U.S.  See more…