Making Time For Breakfast

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We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but, for a number of reasons-running late, oversleeping, last-minute morning meetings-not everyone has time to kick start their day with a healthy meal. Results from a recent study at the University of Missouri may convince you to start making time for a protein-rich breakfast because, according to the study, it may help increase satiety and stave off cravings throughout the day, reducing your chances of overeating.

Researchers monitored a group of teens who either skipped breakfast, ate 500-calorie breakfasts containing normal protein amounts or 500-calorie breakfasts that were high in protein. In addition to completing weekly questionnaires, participants also received brain scans utilizing functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Teens who consumed either type of breakfast reported longer periods of satiety and fMRI scans revealed that these teens showed lower levels of brain activation in areas that controlled food cravings. These levels were even more reduced among the group who consumed high-protein breakfast meals.

So what it all boils down to is maybe we should do what our mothers have been telling us to do for years-don’t forget to eat breakfast. It might keep you from making those unnecessary trips to the vending machine at work.

So what it all boils down to is maybe we should do what our mothers have been telling us to do for years-don’t forget to eat breakfast. It might keep you from making those unnecessary trips to the vending machine at work.

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