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What is the importance of protein in maintaining a healthy appetite?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
Protein, too, has been well demonstrated to be vital in the maintenance of healthy appetite control. It is particularly important to start the day with a high-protein breakfast, but protein needs to be eaten throughout the day to avoid excess hunger and to promote prolonged satiety. Eggs or egg whites with grilled vegetables, grilled chicken with vegetables, yogurt and bran cereal, scrambled tofu with vegetables, or high protein volumetric meal replacement drinks or smoothies are all excellent items to consider as part of a satiety-promoting breakfast. Whey protein is one of nature's highest quality proteins and is a very useful (perhaps essential) ingredient that can be used easily to increase the protein content of any meal. Whey protein has also been shown to promote satiety. Smoothies made with whey protein or meal replacement shakes that contain whey protein and PGX are excellent high satiety breakfast foods.

It is also very important to include protein in your other meals. Protein sources should be very lean and can include lean meats and poultry, fish, low-fat dairy products, eggs or egg whites, legumes, or tofu. The body looks for protein and the appetite will increase if you deprive the body of adequate amounts of this important nutrient group. Protein also supports the growth of muscle, helps to stabilize blood sugar, and provides prolonged energy. However, it is often hard to consume protein without also consuming an excessive amount of fat so be sure to choose only lean protein foods.
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