Are you making sure to eat protein for breakfast everyday? You should. Recent studies show that eating a high protein breakfast is one of the smartest dietary decisions you can make. Eating protein leads to decreased hunger, faster reaction times, and better cognitive thinking throughout the day.
The reason high-protein breakfasts are so effective is that they produce a gradual increase in blood sugar and insulin and the increase is sustained over a longer period of time instead of a short burst from carbohydrate rich breakfast options such as cereal and bread. The effect is a steady supply of glucose to the brain and muscles, which results in better brain function and athletic performance, which is what we’re all looking for.
A recent study compared the effect of a low-glycemic with a high-glycemic breakfast on brain function. Results showed that the participants who ate the low-glycemic breakfast performed better on cognitive function tests than those who ate the high-glycemic meal. The participants also performed better over longer periods of time in cognitive thinking, meaning high protein breakfasts will help you sustain your energy and your brain power for longer periods of time.
So here’s the take away. Eat protein every breakfast from a variety of animal sources. The meal will be more satisfying and lead to less hunger throughout the day.