New Research Shows a High Protein Breakfast Dramatically Reduces Cravings for Sugar and High Fat Foods

October 31, 2014 Updated: October 31, 2014

I’m always looking for new healthy food ideas. Here is the latest. These researchers were interested in how different breakfasts affect dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers. In this brand new study using overweight teenage girls (a risky population), researchers found that eating a high protein breakfast reduces cravings for sweets later on.

Dr. Leidy said, “Our research showed that people experience a dramatic decline in cravings for sweet foods when they eat breakfast….However, breakfasts that are high in protein also reduced cravings for savory — or high-fat — foods.” If this helped overweight teens, I think it can be useful for all of us.

Jennifer Dubowsky, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice in downtown Chicago, Illinois, since 2002. Dubowsky earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois in Chicago and her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. During her studies, she completed an internship at the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. Dubowsky has researched and written articles on Chinese medicine and has given talks on the topic. She maintains a popular blog about health and Chinese medicine at Acupuncture Blog Chicago. Adventures in Chinese Medicine is her first book. You can find her at

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