Shave Calories by Opting for Eggs for Breakfast
Eggs aren't always the first food that one associates with weight loss - Until now. New research by Michigan's Rochester Center for Obesity Research shows that eating eggs for breakfast could help reduce your calorie intake throughout the rest of the day - potentially shaving off more than 400 calories. In a study of eating habits of 30 overweight or obese women, researchers had one group of women eat egg-based breakfasts and the other group eat bagel-based breakfasts for a period of time. Each meal had the same amount of calories and almost identical levels of protein.
The results were apparent as early as lunchtime. Researchers found that those who ate egg-based breakfasts felt less hungry and ate smaller lunches than did the bagel eaters. Plus, over the next 36 hours, the egg eaters consumed an average 417 calories less than the bagel eaters.
But not all eggs are equal. To assure the options for your weight loss and overall health, look for these three factors when shopping for eggs:
1. Pastured eggs: Hens who feed in pastures eat far more naturally than do hens that are continuously caged and fattened up on synthetic supplements. Among the health benefits of pastured eggs:
- 1⁄3 less cholesterol
- 1⁄4 less saturated fat
- 2⁄3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
- 4 to 6 times more vitamin D
2. Omega-3s and DHAs: Omega-3 fatty acids have proven effective for promoting weight loss, belly fat loss and overall fast loss in multiple trials. Plus, they offer a range of health benefits from treating dry eye syndrome to reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. DHAs (long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids) are powerful gene regulators that stimulate genes most closely associated with health, including healthy metabolism of calories.
3. Color and thickness: To tell if the eggs already in your kitchen are healthy, break and take a look at them. Yolks of the healthiest eggs have a darker, more orange than yellowish color and will take up a larger portion of the full egg than will the yoke of a less healthy egg. Plus, the thick part of the egg white will be larger and noticeably thicker.
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