Some nutritionists recommend hearty breakfast, rich in fats and proteins, then moderate lunch and completely light dinner in the evening. This is the key to maintaining your ideal weight and optimum health. Recent studies go in favor of this claim.
A team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has recently presented its findings to the European Society for the study of diabetes. Their study indicates that a hearty breakfast that contains protein and fat may help people with type 2 diabetes for better control of their hunger and blood sugar levels. Their study was based on previous work that showed that people who regularly eat breakfast have on average a lower body mass index (less obese) than people who skip this meal. Jewish scientists have found that in subjects who consumed a hearty breakfast (during the three months), that consisted mainly of protein and fat, there has been a reduction in blood sugar levels.
A healthy breakfast consisting of protein and fat reduces metabolic inflammations and risk of diabetes. The study included 59 participants, obese adults with type 2 diabetes. They were divided to a group that received a small, low-calorie breakfast, which consisted of 12.5% of total daily calories and a group that was getting a hearty breakfast, with a higher amount of protein and fat, which makes a total of 33% of the total daily dose of calories (during a period of 13 weeks). Every two weeks the hormone level was measured, as well as lipids (fats) in the blood and inflammatory markers.
At the end of the study, the researchers found that the group that consumed a hearty breakfast rich in protein and fat, had significant reductions in blood glucose, on average, during the 90-day experiment.
In addition, the group that consumed a hearty breakfast had lower systolic blood pressure compared with those who consumed smaller breakfast. In the end, it turned out that the group that ate more abundant breakfast was less hungry during the day, and that the level of glucose rate was better than in the group that consumed smaller breakfast.
The authors of the study concluded: “Simple changes in diet, which includes a plentiful breakfast rich in protein and fat is better for people with type 2 diabetes than conventional low calorie diet.”
This study builds on a number of previous studies that support the idea that it is good to consume abundant breakfast, with a small amount of refined carbohydrates, and with the addition of healthy fats and proteins in their natural form, in order to reduce the risk of diabetes, as well as the risk of a worsening of chronic form of the disease.