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Eggs leading to DIMINISHED satiety

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Hey everyone - A few days ago, I stumbled upon a few interesting comments here on PH. It was about eggs and satiety.

Whenever someone asks for advice on what to eat to prolong their state of satiety, eggs seem to be on top of a lot of people's list due to its protein (i think it's actually pretty low) and fat content.

However, eggs never seemed to make me feel satiated, and i guess it may seem astonishing to some of you, but eggs actually make me feel EXTREMELY HUNGRY within a short time of eating them. I just thought i was a black sheep in the mix... until Nance and aliciasearing said that they shared the same experience. link text

Does anyone know why some people would feel satiated with eggs and some who experience the opposite?

Clarifications: 1) eggs alone are not satiating to me. However many of them I eat and how they're prepared do not seem to change this feeling 2) similar to Nance's experience, eggs CAUSE hunger if i do add it to an otherwise satiating meal. 3) I don't think it's an issue of calories or amount of eggs I eat, since there are many people who become satisfied with about 3 or 4 (prepared however they liked it..)

Af005ec9a8e028f2b04bf5367b64e0d6

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on February 15, 2012
at 07:10 PM

8 oz of beef with 3-4 eggs is nothing. thats like what 700 calories? a small meal.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 15, 2012
at 05:16 AM

I'm rereading this question so many times that I have it memorized ;) and that is still not clear...hopefully my thoughts are helpful to someone else!

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on February 15, 2012
at 02:51 AM

@josh- about 2 years now

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on February 15, 2012
at 01:47 AM

How long have you been eating paleo?

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on February 14, 2012
at 11:38 PM

Hence, I may have been wrong. I still think there's a study out there somewhere but it may have been egg white protein. Different.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:51 PM

That will last me until dinner. The eggs and butter. Eggs and meat do the same thing only better

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:39 PM

The point of Sunshine's and my question is that we aren't eating eggs alone. A meal that is satisfying by itself stops being satisfying when eggs are added.

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:38 PM

@Eric, I tried 4 eggs and butter--and remember I added them to 8 oz of beef, which by itself is completely satisfying.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 14, 2012
at 10:37 PM

I actually think that egg protein is one of the most easily digested foods around UNLESS someone has an egg sensitivity/allergy.

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:34 PM

File under: Everybody is different.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:18 PM

Have you tried 3 eggs and 2 Tbs butter?

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:16 PM

hmm - i've always thought egg protein was super bioavalable - this is interesting

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:15 PM

i have - just isnt filling.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on February 14, 2012
at 09:43 PM

@sage - i guess i'm a piggy then, i've made 6 egg omelettes that still left me ravenous... – Sunshine 0 secs ago

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on February 14, 2012
at 09:43 PM

@sage - i guess i'm apiggy then, i've made 6 egg omelettes that still left me ravenous...

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on February 14, 2012
at 09:40 PM

@ Renee - I've tried preparing them in a myriad of ways just to see if that was the case - I varied types and amount of fats, and as well as how 'done' they are... no success...

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on February 14, 2012
at 09:21 PM

how odd. eggs are my last defense against the mighty binge. sometimes two will do the trick, but often its three or four.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 14, 2012
at 09:11 PM

I use liberal amounts of Kerrygold or bacon fat to cook my eggs. I've measured similar portions of beef--about 8 oz--and eaten just beef and been satisfied for up to 24 hours. I've eaten 8 oz of beef with 3-4 eggs and been hungry 2 hours later. Multiple tests.

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on February 14, 2012
at 09:10 PM

Could it depend to some degree on how you cook em, i.e. fried in fat vs. poached/hard-boiled? Or do even the greasiest eggs fail to sate you?

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 14, 2012
at 10:36 PM

I would not be satisfied eating a meal of eggs only. I mix lots of veggies, plenty of fat, and sometimes meat as well. ADDING eggs to an unsatisfying meal can help round it out for me, but they really can't be my only source of fat and protein for a meal.

To answer your question, my guess would be that the amount of satisfaction one would receive from eggs would likely be related to that person's macronutrient needs. Someone with less protein needs could feel great from eating a few eggs in butter, right? But someone with higher protein and/or fat needs would still feel hungry/unsatisfied after the same meal.

Edit:I wonder if the degree of satisfaction actually has more to do with well a person can digest eggs. Someone with an egg allergy would likely feel extremely unsatisfied with a meal of mainly eggs.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 15, 2012
at 05:16 AM

I'm rereading this question so many times that I have it memorized ;) and that is still not clear...hopefully my thoughts are helpful to someone else!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:39 PM

The point of Sunshine's and my question is that we aren't eating eggs alone. A meal that is satisfying by itself stops being satisfying when eggs are added.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:25 PM

This is a very unscientific idea but I wonder if it's because eggs are a light food, like they just don't weigh as heavy in the stomach as, say, beef. In the same way that fish, to me, is light and so less filling than meat.

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Af005ec9a8e028f2b04bf5367b64e0d6

on February 15, 2012
at 07:09 PM

how many eggs are you eating? unless you're eating 10 or so i wouldnt expect them to be that filling, just based on calories

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 15, 2012
at 06:00 PM

You may be having a reaction to eggs, which is not terribly uncommon.

I drink down 3-4 raw eggs for breakfast most mornings, and I find it hard to be naturally hungry when my office mates are around noon.

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on February 15, 2012
at 04:34 AM

Truthfully, eggs don't last long for me either. Perhaps the eggs are irritating your stomach a bit. I have a tendency to get an irritated stomach lining that feels almost exactly like hunger.

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on February 15, 2012
at 01:38 AM

I only get that satiety when I keep it low reward, as in a bunch of hard boiled eggs or a scrambled with minimal fat and no salt. Maybe the frying, salt, butter, etc are the problem. I always eat it with a liberal amount of greens or potato.

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on February 14, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Perhaps it is because egg protein is only ~70% absorbed vs. the 90-95% for things like whey/meat protein? I may be wrong.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:16 PM

hmm - i've always thought egg protein was super bioavalable - this is interesting

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 14, 2012
at 10:37 PM

I actually think that egg protein is one of the most easily digested foods around UNLESS someone has an egg sensitivity/allergy.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on February 14, 2012
at 11:38 PM

Hence, I may have been wrong. I still think there's a study out there somewhere but it may have been egg white protein. Different.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on February 14, 2012
at 09:44 PM

Try just the yolks.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:18 PM

Have you tried 3 eggs and 2 Tbs butter?

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:15 PM

i have - just isnt filling.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:51 PM

That will last me until dinner. The eggs and butter. Eggs and meat do the same thing only better

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 14, 2012
at 10:38 PM

@Eric, I tried 4 eggs and butter--and remember I added them to 8 oz of beef, which by itself is completely satisfying.

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