Research shows that having an egg for breakfast reduces confectionary cravings later in the day, and helps people to stick with a healthy diet.

This finding comes from research carried out at Ochanomizu and Toyo universities in Japan, and published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The research was carried out on 14 female Japanese university students, and lasted 4 weeks.

Results showed that students who had an egg for breakfast ended up eating less confectionary later in the day, compared with students who ate other items for breakfast, such as yoghurt and fruit. Interestingly, when tested, the students’ blood had lower levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol, and higher levels of folate. So the eggs were having other health benefits.

A problem with this particular study was the students were only given one egg, and it was on a piece of white bread, toasted, and spread with margarine. There are much healthier ways of eating eggs. Also, one egg is not enough food for an adult for breakfast. I recommend two or three eggs, along with some vegetables and natural fat such as olive oil, and skip the bread.

Eggs are an excellent source of protein, and it’s well known that protein has satiating properties. It is excellent for blood sugar control and helps to make you feel satisfied after a meal, and keeps you satisfied for a longer time after a meal.

Apart from eggs, other great sources of protein include seafood, poultry, red meat and whey protein powder. Synd-X Slimming Protein Powder is made of whey and has additional glutamine and chromium, which help reduce sugar cravings. It makes a fast and delicious breakfast or snack and helps keep you on track with healthy eating.