The real 'breakfast of champions'

Eggs have gotten a bad rap over the years. Sure, they're packed with cholesterol -- and too much cholesterol is bad, right?

Well... wrong!

Yes, high levels of cholesterol are bad. But despite being loaded with the stuff, eggs won't actually raise your body's levels of these blood fats even if you eat them every day.

And you do want to eat them every day: In addition to being a great part of your breakfast, eggs can help you make it to lunch without giving in to the urge for a mid-morning snack.

In a new study of 20 obese people, researchers found that those given a week of egg breakfasts reported less hunger by lunch than those given cereal breakfasts with equal fat, carb, protein, and calorie content.

That's what they said, anyway. But we all know actions speak louder than words -- and their actions spoke volumes on the buffet line, because the folks who had egg breakfasts put less food on their plates.

The researchers even waited two weeks and repeated the experiment -- this time switching the people who had gotten eggs to cereal, and vice-versa.

Once again, the folks who had eggs were less hungry and ate less food at lunch than those who had cereal.

Tests also found that the egg eaters had lower levels of the hormone acylated ghrelin, which signals hunger, and higher levels of the hormone PYY3-36 released by the intestine when full.

And along with helping to make you feel full longer, eggs can be a great source of omega-3 fatty acids (if you buy the right ones, generally from free-range chickens) as well as choline, an essential B vitamin that can help protect the brain.

So forget the commercials that show a breakfast of cereal, toast, and a glass of sugary juice and get back to basics and have an egg.

It's the real "breakfast of champions."