According to a new study, published in the Journal of Dairy Science, a change in breakfast routine may provide benefits for the management of type 2 diabetes.

As reported by sciencedaily.com, a team of scientists found that milk consumed with breakfast cereal reduced postprandial blood glucose concentration, compared with water and high dairy protein concentration.

The researchers noted that high-protein treatment also reduced appetite after the second meal, compared with the low-protein equivalent.

One of the study authors, Dr Douglas Goff, said, “Metabolic diseases are on the rise globally, with type 2 diabetes and obesity as leading concerns in human health. Thus, there is an impetus to develop dietary strategies for the risk reduction and management of obesity and diabetes to empower consumers to improve their personal health.”

The team of scientists from the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit at the University of Guelph, in partnership with the University of Toronto, Canada, examined the effects of increasing protein concentration and increasing the proportion of whey protein in milk consumed with a high-carbohydrate breakfast cereal on blood glucose, feelings of satiety and food consumption later in the day.

They noted that digestion of the whey and casein proteins naturally present in milk releases gastric hormones that slow digestion, thereby increasing feelings of fullness. Digestion of whey proteins achieves this effect more quickly, whereas casein proteins provide a longer lasting effect.

Although the team only found a modest difference in food consumption at the lunch meal when increasing whey protein at breakfast, they did find that milk consumed with high-carbohydrate breakfast reduced blood glucose even after lunch, and high-protein milk had a greater effect.

The researchers stressed that milk with an increased proportion of whey protein had a modest effect on pre-lunch blood glucose, achieving a greater decrease than that provided by regular milk.

Goff said, “This study confirms the importance of milk at breakfast time to aid in the slower digestion of carbohydrate and to help maintain lower blood sugar levels. Nutritionists have always stressed the importance of a healthy breakfast, and this study should encourage consumers to include milk.”

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