How a little bit of white and a little bit of yolk can help keep your child fuller longer and help keep their weight in check.

How Eggs Help Keep Children Fuller Longer

Not surprisingly, the breakfast with actual protein in the meal kept children fuller longer for the next meal at lunch. The protein enriched breakfast also caused the children to eat less in calories for lunch.

How The Study Worked

The study took forty eight to ten year old children and exposed them to three different types of breakfasts: a meal containing eggs, one with oatmeal, and the third with cereal. The egg containing breakfast also included whole wheat toast, diced peaches, and one-percent milk. Each meal was a total of three hundred and fifty calories. The caregivers of the child then completed a food log of what the children ate for the remainder of the day.

What The Study Found

The children that ate the meal with the scrambled eggs for breakfast consumed about seventy calories less than the other children for lunch. As for the rest of the day, caloric intake didn’t differ – only for lunch. But what’s this mean? It means the obvious – protein and fat which eggs are the two macronutrients in egg take a longer time to digest in the body and help maintain the feeling of fullness. Now imagine if the whole wheat toast was replaced with bacon…

Impacts Of The Study

For someone who is into food, the study should be fairly obvious to you. If you’re a parent out there feeding your children primarily carbohydrates for breakfast, you’re not only just causing a blood sugar crash later in the morning, you’re not giving them beneficial nutrition that protein has to offer. For a school age child, the impacts of what they eat for breakfast can have significant impacts on their cognitive performance in the classroom too. Bon appetite!

If your child doesn’t like eggs? What are some other ways that you have found to help get your child protein in the mornings?

1. Kral, T.V.E., Bannon, A.L., Chittams, J., Moore, R.H. “Comparison of the satiating properties of egg- versus cereal grain-based breakfasts for appetite and energy intake control in children.” Eating Behaviors pp. 20, 14-20. 2016.