Researchers from University of Missouri suggest that the best way to avoid hunger pangs throughout the day is to eat a protein rich breakfast.
The study, which has been published in the journal Obesity, followed teenagers over a period of three weeks. The teenagers skipped the breakfast completely, ate a 500-calorie normal breakfast meals or ate protein rich breakfast such as syrup and yogurt.
The researchers asked the students to fill out a questionnaire at the end of each week as well as took out MRI brain scans before the lunch and found that those who ate protein rich breakfast had lower appetite throughout the day while the MRI scans showed activity in the brain regions that controlled food motivation to be low when the individual ate breakfast in the morning.
"These findings suggest that a protein-rich breakfast might be an effective strategy to improve appetite control and prevent overeating in young people", the researchers said.