GO TO WORK ON AN EGG AND YOU FIGHT THE FLAB
Egg soldiers are an ideal breakfast
Friday July 6,2012
By Jo Willey
AN EGG for breakfast is a cracking start to the day if you want to lose weight, researchers have found.
Britain’s favourite breakfast treat contains a powerful ingredient that can help to slash the amount of calories people go on to eat at lunch and dinner.
Boiled, fried, poached or scrambled, eggs keep people fuller for longer compared with other common breakfast foods, according to scientists.
And they appear to be better for people who are desperately trying to resist tempting but naughty afternoon snacks such as biscuits, cake or chocolate.
The diet-boosting discovery of the special ingredient that helps in weight management came in a major UK review of studies into the effects of eating eggs.
The review also revealed that the specific proteins found in eggs are far superior to other types when it comes to keeping hunger at bay.
For decades, it was feared eggs caused high blood pressure and raised cholesterol.
There are few natural sources of vitamin D in the diet so eggs can play a role here too
Dr Carrie Ruxton
The famous slogan urging the nation to “go to work on an egg” – coined in the Fifties as part of a £12million campaign fronted on TV by comedian Tony Hancock – was dropped because of health worries. But after years of conflicting advice, studies have shown eggs to have an insignificant effect on cholesterol.
The new review by dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton, published in the journal Network Health Dietitian, examines the results of six different studies over eight years before concluding that eggs really are the best way to start the day.
The studies show a consistent effect on satiety and short-term energy intake. Two studies found changes in appetite-related gut hormones which may explain why egg-eaters feel full.
A single, longer-term study revealed that people who ate an egg breakfast rather than having cereal had a significantly greater weight loss and lost inches around the waist.
Dr Ruxton said: “While more research is needed, particularly on long-term weight loss, the evidence suggests a promising role for eggs in weight management.
“There are two additional benefits of including eggs in a weight loss diet. The first is portion control since eggs come in a fixed unit of around 78 calories per egg. This helps people to recognise how much they have consumed.
“Secondly, the vitamin D content of eggs may help to support general health in overweight people since vitamin D levels are known to be low in this group, leading to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
“There are few natural sources of vitamin D in the diet so eggs can play a role here too.”
An average egg contains a high level of protein at 6.5g, representing 13 per cent of an adult’s daily requirement.