Eggs: great for weight loss (and more)
After having been wrongly blamed for heart and cholesterol problems last century, eggs have been reinstated as a health food (for example, the major Nurses' Health Study). Researchers have found (1) that that if you boil, scramble or poach an egg for breakfast - versus eating a bagel with the same number of calories - you are much less likely to crave junk-food. In the study, these people ate fewer calories for at least 24 hours, without even trying.
If you have avoided eggs for years because of the cholesterol story, think again (2). Eggs have always been a great source of nutrients and protein (please, use free-range eggs, they are much better for you). For reasons that the scientists don't yet understand, it turns out that they make you feel fuller longer. In one study (1), overweight people who started the day with an egg were still eating fewer calories than normal by lunch the following day. Eggs have proved to be suitable for breakfast for those attempting to lose weight. (3)
In Grow Youthful, I almost chose to put organic free-range eggs in the list of super foods. They are packed with nutrients and are a good source of protein. Remember to cook the egg whites, but keep the egg yolk as raw as possible to keep the micro-nutrients intact (egg whites should be cooked because they contain avidin, and trypsin inhibitors which upset digestion. Lightly cooking egg whites until they are just white and solid neutralises both these anti-nutrients).
If you want to find out more on this and many other topics you will find them in my book:
Grow Youthful - A Practical Guide to Slowing Your Aging
1. Vander Wal, J. S., Marth, J. M., Khosla, P., Jen, K. L., Dhurandhar, N. V.
Short-term effect of eggs on satiety in overweight and obese subjects.
Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2005 Dec; 24(6):510-515.
2. Nettleton, J. A. et al. Incident heart failure is associated with lower whole-grain intake and greater high-fat dairy and egg intake in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2008 Nov;108(11):1881-1887.
3. Wal, J. V. et al. Egg breakfast enhances weight loss. International Journal of Obesity, 2008 Aug 5.