14/05/2012 07:18 BST | Updated 14/05/2012 08:01 BST

Experts Say Eating Eggs May Produce 'Satiety Hormone'

Eating eggs for breakfast is more effective at preventing hunger for overweight people than having cereal, according to new research.

The study, funded by the American Egg Board, found that the consumption of eggs reduced hunger and boosted hormones that made people feel full.

A group of 20 people were split in two, with half given an egg breakfast and half given a cereal breakfast. Three hours later they were given lunch to test their hunger.

Dietician Dr Carrie Ruxton said: "This study adds to a growing evidence base which suggests that eggs may indeed be nature's appetite suppressant.

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"Previous studies have found that eating eggs at breakfast or at lunch reduces feelings of hunger and helps people to eat fewer calories at a later meal.

"The new research provides information on hormone levels for the first time, showing that consumption of eggs boosts PYY, a potent satiety hormone, while reducing levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin.

"The high protein level of eggs, combined with their low fat content, means that eggs are a great choice for those trying to manage their weight."

The study was carried out at the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in Louisiana, USA.

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