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The Benefits of a Protein Packed Breakfast

According to the 2009 International Food Information Council Foundation’s Food & Health Survey, 93% Americans believe that breakfast indeed is the ‘most important meal of the day’. However, only 44% of them consume this meal. Not only is it important to have breakfast, it is equally important to know what portions of which food should be consumed so as to lead a healthy life.

Cereals and toasts might seem convenient and easy but these carbohydrate rich foods have many ill effects. They tend to lead to elevation in the blood-sugar levels which drops as quickly as it rises leaving one hungry and tired after a short interval. According to a new research, a breakfast rich in proteins stabilizes blood-sugar levels keeping one sated for longer time period. The research reveals that eating a high protein breakfast leads to the reduction in the brain signals which controls food motivation and compulsive eating behavior.

4 Benefits of a Protein Laden Breakfast

A protein packed breakfast has many other benefits some of which are as follows:

  1. 1.     Better concentration levels

The brain requires amino acids so that it can produce neurotransmitters which form a significant part of the communication system of the brain. Protein is a great source for amino acids. It is because of this that if you consume a protein packed breakfast, your brain functions in a better fashion, ensuring you an increased alertness level all through the day. According to Dr. Michael Lam’s book, Anti-Aging Diet, proteins are cell constituents and help in their regeneration. Therefore, consuming a protein rich diet helps keep you younger for longer.

 

  1. 2.      Keeps the stomach full for longer

Proteins coupled with fiber and healthy fat help to keep you full for a longer time. This helps one deal with hunger pangs and prevents eating unhealthy junk food.

 

  1. 3.     Controlling weight

Since proteins keep your stomach full they help you to deal with cravings in an effective manner. Since protein consumption does not leave one unsatisfied,  one ends up eating healthy foods; that too in the right quantities at the right intervals.

 

  1. 4.     Preventing diseases

Protein packed breakfast help to prevent coronary heart diseases and fluctuations in blood pressure. According to Ned Hallowell, M.D of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Andover, Massachusetts, protein consumption also helps to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) especially among children. 

It is often felt that preparing a protein packed breakfast can be time consuming. However, this is not the case. You can prepare your perfect breakfast by knowing what exactly will provide you the necessary proteins.

 

 

5 Easy Breakfast Items Laden with Proteins

  1. 1.     Meat: You can eat bacon, ham or sausage. They infuse high quantities of proteins into the body system. 
  2. 2.     Eggs: These can be consumed in various forms, such as boiled, fried, poached, scrambled or as an omelet. They can be prepared very quickly and are economical. You can prepare this using some healthy fat, such as palm oil, coconut oil, tallow, lard, ghee or butter. This will help keep you healthy and full for long.   
  3. 3.     Shakes: You can also consume smoothies made from yogurt or nut butter or soy protein shakes or whey protein. 
  4. 4.     Breakfast casseroles: These are mostly egg based. They can also include extra items, such as meat, vegetables and cheese which can be baked at breakfast time providing you with a balanced and healthy diet.

These are some of the examples and benefits of consuming a protein packed breakfast. In the end it is important to make an informed choice so that you lead a healthy existence.


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