Egg Whites Pack Protein, but Leave the Calories Behind
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OMAHA, NE -- (Marketwired) -- 04/18/13 -- More than 66 percent of
Americans eat eggs for breakfast at least once per week, and new
research presented by ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) one of North
America's leading food makers, at the 2013 Experimental Biology
Conference provides good reason to keep making this breakfast choice
-- especially when it comes to egg whites.
Researchers found that a portion of egg whites that had half the
calories of two whole eggs was just as filling. In fact, those who
ate 70 calories-worth of egg whites -- in the form of Egg Beaters --
as part of their breakfast instead of 140 calories worth of whole
eggs actually kept the calorie savings through lunch. .
"Previous studies have shown that whole eggs are more filling than a
high carbohydrate breakfast food, like a bagel," says Kristin
Reimers, PhD, RD, Nutrition Manager of ConAgra Foods. "This new
research shows that egg whites at half the calories are just as
filling as whole eggs, which suggests that egg whites are an
excellent choice for a light breakfast that will keep you just as
full as a higher calorie whole egg or bagel breakfast."
As much protein and volume, fewer calories
The egg whites were a filling food choice because even at half the
calories they provided as much protein and volume as the whole eggs.
Since egg whites provide fewer calories per serving than whole eggs,
swapping egg whites for whole eggs at breakfast can lead to a lower
total calorie intake throughout the day. In the study:
-- 53 men and women were asked to eat a breakfast containing scrambled egg
whites (70 calories) or two large scrambled eggs (140 calories). Both
breakfasts were served with toast and a beverage too.
-- Throughout the morning, participants were asked to rate their level of
fullness, hunger, satisfaction and desire to eat. Three hours after
breakfast they were served lunch and invited to eat as much as they
wanted. The amount of calories consumed during lunch was measured. They
found that there was no difference between groups in the amount of
calories eaten at lunch.
-- The study found that t
he Egg Beaters breakfast, containing Egg Beaters
with half the calories of the portion of whole eggs, was just as filling
and satisfying throughout the morning as the whole egg breakfast.
Because the participants eating the lower calorie breakfast didn't eat
any more at lunch, the lower calorie benefit of Egg Beaters stuck with
them even after lunch.
"This research confirms the advice I have been giving my clients for
years," says Tara Gidus, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. "Egg
whites provide the perfect breakfast option for those trying to
manage their weight. You can eat the same portion, for less calories
than whole eggs, and the protein helps to ward off hunger pangs until
your next meal."
A serving of lycopene
In addition to the egg white study, a second healthy lifestyle study
was presented at the Experimental Biology conference that extends
beyond the breakfast hour. It suggests practical implications for
those who want to increase their consumption of lycopene. This red
pigment is found mainly in tomatoes, and has been studied extensively
for its role in maintaining heart health. The study found that:
-- People who increased their tomato intake to include one cup of canned
tomatoes, sauce or paste every day for six weeks saw an increase in the
amount of lycopene in their bodies.
-- This serving size of tomatoes is consistent with the United States
Department of Agriculture's (USDA) MyPlate recommendations, and shows
that eating in accordance to the recommended levels leads to increased
levels of lycopene.
"Tomatoes are the main source of lycopene in the diet," says Reimers.
"The results of this study indicate that eating the equivalent of one
cup of canned tomatoes per day will not only help you to meet the
USDA's dietary recommendations for red and orange vegetables, but
also provides a significant amount of lycopene to the body. Examples
of this amount include 1 cup of pasta sauce, a bowl of tomato soup
made with 1 cup sauce, or a bowl of chili with Â¼ cup tomato paste
plus Â½ cup diced tomatoes. Research indicates that higher levels of
lycopene are related to heart health in men and women, so this very
simple (and delicious) habit can go a long way in terms of health
This research was supported by ConAgra Foods, Inc., and abstracts are
available as of April 20, 2013, via WEBSITE HERE
 Egg Beaters commissioned a survey among a nationally
representative sample of 1,000 Americans from Feb. 1-4, 2008 with a
+/- 3 percent margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level.
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ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's largest
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brands found in 97 percent of America's households, the largest
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Amber Wilson, MS, RD
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