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Pork Breakfast Keeps Away the Hunger Pangs

24 January 2013

DENMARK - New research shows consuming a high-protein breakfast including pig meat products controlled the feelings of hunger in the following four hours better than a lower protein meal.

Consuming a medium- or high-protein breakfast decreased the hunger ratings until lunch (four hours later) compared with a control breakfast, according to researchers at the Danish Meat Research Institute (DMRI) in Roskilde. A dose-response relationship related to the amount of proteins consumed at breakfast was observed, the high-protein breakfast leading to feelings of being less hungry compared with consuming a medium-protein breakfast.

In a paper published in the journal, Appetite, L. Meinert and colleagues report their study, which investigated the effect of pork proteins consumed at breakfast on the subsequent feeling of hunger until the evening meal. The study involved 136 students at a local boarding school, which meant that the study could be carried out in the test persons' normal environment.

All students consumed the control breakfast on one of the two test days, and then half the students consumed the medium-protein breakfast and the other half the high-protein breakfast on the other test day, thereby acting as his/her own control. However, there was no direct link between hunger ratings and actual energy intake at lunch.

The researchers also noted that self-reported snacking during the whole day showed no clear relationship with the type of breakfast consumed.


Meinert L., Kehlet U. and Aaslyng M.D. 2012. Consuming pork proteins at breakfast reduces the feeling of hunger before lunch. Appetite. 2012 Oct;59(2):201-3. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2012.04.018. Epub 2012 Apr 30.

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