Egg consumption 'positively impacts metabolic syndrome and satiety'

Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): Eating eggs may actually have favourable effects on HDL metabolism in men and women with metabolic syndrome, a new study has suggested.

Participants in the study, conducted by researchers from the University of Connecticut, followed a carbohydrate-restricted diet with some individuals eating three whole eggs per day and others eating an equivalent amount of egg substitute.

After 12 weeks, the group eating whole eggs experienced an improvement in HDL measures showing significantly greater increases in the number and size of HDL particles.

HDL or "good" cholesterol scavenges for fat throughout the bloodstream and returns it to the liver, making it less likely that fatty deposits will build up in the blood vessels and lead to atherosclerosis.

Related findings were also presented in separate sessions that suggest that consuming whole eggs as part of a carbohydrate-restricted diet may help to further improve markers indicative of inflammation, such as tumour necrosis factor-alpha, in individuals with metabolic syndrome.

A study by researchers at the University of Missouri found that teen girls reported greater feelings of satiety and experienced improved hormone responses related to hunger and satiety after consuming a higher-protein breakfast, containing about 35 grams of protein from egg or beef-based foods.

Teen girls who consumed a high-protein breakfast also ate fewer snacks, especially those higher in fat, later in the day.

These findings build on past research showing the benefits of high-quality protein on satiety, further supporting the science behind what makes eggs such a satisfying breakfast choice.

In combination with the decades of science demonstrating the health benefits of eating eggs, the findings of the new study further support the role of eggs in a nutritious diet.

The study has been presented at Experimental Biology (EB) 2012 in San Diego. (ANI)