Are you unsure what to eat for breakfast? I just read a study that makes me positively giddy.
I’ll tell you in a minute, but first let me tell you a bit about the study, which was presented at ENDO 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Boston.
Researchers assigned 3 different reduced-calorie diets to about 50 overweight, middle-aged men and women. Participants ate a large breakfast (660 calories), medium-sized lunch (570 calories), and a small dinner (280 calories).
All the diets had the same number of calories – about 1,500 calories per day.
The only thing that was different was the composition of breakfast.
Group #1 ate a high-protein breakfast as a whey protein shake.
Group #2 ate a high-protein breakfast with the same amount of protein but from other types of protein (such as eggs, soy, or tuna).
Group #3 ate a high-carbohydrate breakfast.
After 12 weeks, the group who lost the most weight was …..
On average, the whey protein shake group lost about 17 pounds, compared to 13 pounds for those eating other proteins, and only 7 pounds for those in the carbohydrate group.
And participants in the whey protein group felt more satisfied and less hungry throughout the day compared to the other 2 breakfasts.
The researchers attribute the hunger-curbing action of whey protein to its ability to significantly suppress ghrelin, the hunger hormone.
What is whey protein?
You may have heard the term “whey protein” before. I talk about it a lot, but if you’re not familiar with it …. When enzymes are added to milk in order to make cheese, the milk separates into 2 parts: cheese curds and whey protein.
But not all whey protein is alike.
Difference #1: The milk. Whey protein comes from milk, which comes from cows. Evolutionarily speaking, cows have always roamed free and eaten grass, legumes, and herbs. However, with today’s factory farming methods, cows are being fed diets high in corn and other grains – mostly genetically modified forms – which can lead to severe nutritional deficiencies.
They’re also pumped full of antibiotics to keep them alive, and injected with artificial growth hormones to plump them up.
Difference #2: The process. After the enzymes are added to the milk, a series of heavy-handed and unnatural treatments, including irradiation, micro-filtration, and hydrolyzation are applied to the whey to render it safe for human consumption.
And when the proteins are super heated and treated with acid, they become denatured, which means that the protein itself has been structurally altered, destroying the fragile protein components that support a healthy immune function, by the time it enters your body.
To me, those are 2 big things that can make one whey protein better than another.
I said earlier I’d tell you the reason that study made me giddy. Here’s why … I have a shake made with whey protein every morning.
And not just any whey protein. I drink RealDose RealMeal GF™, which contains the highest quality and most pure form of whey protein available on the planet.
It’s a non-denatured form of whey protein derived from grass-fed Australian cows. These cows live a natural and healthy life, and their milk delivers the purest whey on the planet.
And this Australian protein is minimally processed — never heated or denatured — so all of the biological activity and immune boosting amino acids are fully intact.
And did I mention that it tastes delicious? That’s not something you can often say about a protein drink.
Here’s one of my favorite morning recipes. It’s just one of 25 smoothie recipes featuring RealMeal in our Real Smoothies for Real People booklet provided free with every purchase of RealMeal. It’s a fruity blend packed with protein.
To save precious a.m. time, I put all the ingredients in the blender the night before, store it in the fridge, then mix everything up in the morning.
- 2 cups assorted frozen berries
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice concentrate
- ½ cup non-fat, plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon whole flaxseeds (preferably organic)
- 2 scoops RealMeal GF (vanilla flavor)
- 1 tablespoon RealReds
- 3 to 4 ice cubes
Add whole flaxseeds to blender, grind to a powder for 15 seconds. Add remaining ingredients, secure lid and blend 30 to 40 seconds or until desired consistency.
1. Jakubowicz D, Landau Z, Wainstein J, Bar-Dayan Y, Froy O. OR12-3: Whey protein induces greater reduction of postprandial glycemia and hba1c, weight loss and satiety compared to other protein sources in type 2 diabetes. Paper presented at 98th Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society; April 1-4, 2016; Boston, MA.