New Research Points to Egg Whites to Reduce Caloric Intake, Increase Protein and Satiety in College Women

Research Reveals Satiety and Dietary Intake Benefits of Protein-Rich Egg White Breakfast Compared to Isocaloric Toaster Pastry Breakfast
Oct 5, 2015 9:00 AM ET

OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 5, 2015 /3BL Media/ – A new study conducted by Creighton University and presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2015 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ (FNCE®) shows that selecting a high protein breakfast, like egg whites, may not only affect how full and satisfied young women feel during the morning, but may help them eat less throughout the entire day.

“It’s no secret that college students are short on time most mornings, and may end up skipping breakfast or grabbing a pastry that can leave them short on satisfaction and protein,” says Joan Eckerson, PhD, Professor at Creighton University, who conducted the study. “This research showed that young women can feel full over the morning, and eat less over the day, by choosing a protein-rich egg white breakfast.”

The study found that college-age women ate 10 percent fewer calories daily when they ate a protein-rich egg white breakfast made with Egg Beaters® Original instead of  toaster pastries. They also increased their daily protein intake by 24 percent and felt more full and satisfied. Egg Beaters® is simply the egg minus the yolk and provides complete, high-quality protein without the fat and cholesterol of whole eggs.

These findings build on previous research showing that egg whites – with the same calories  and twice the volume of whole eggs – are an excellent choice for breakfast, as they help people feel more satisfied than a whole egg breakfast.

This research was supported by ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG). For more information about the studies, visit Visit for quick and easy recipe ideas.


In the randomized, cross-over study, 31 female college students consumed two different breakfasts providing about the same amount of calories for five days each. One week, they consumed a protein-rich egg white breakfast with 1¼ cup egg whites (Egg Beaters® Original providing 140 calories, the same calories as 2 whole eggs) and two pieces of toast with spread (breakfast total, 350 calories, 35 grams protein, 32 grams carbohydrate, 11 grams fat) for five days. The alternate week, they consumed two low-fat toaster pastries (360 calories, 4 grams of protein, 76 grams of carbohydrate, 5 grams of fat) for five days.

Throughout the morning, participants were asked to rate their level of fullness, hunger, satisfaction and desire to eat. They also recorded what they ate throughout the day. When compared to the toaster pastries, the protein-rich egg white breakfast significantly reduced the participants’ daily caloric intake by 10 percent (for an average reduction of 178 calories over the course of the day) and increased protein intake by 24 percent (for an average increase of 14 grams of protein over the course of the day) when compared to the toaster pastry breakfast. The Egg Beaters® breakfast was also found to be more filling and satisfying than the toaster pastry breakfast over three hours.

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