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Alertness study a boost for egg industry [news]

The egg industry is jumping on new research that indicates eggs may help you stay alert. The latest news continues the rehabilitation of the plentiful, protein-packed capsules that were once frowned upon by health officials because of their cholesterol content. The scientists compared the actions of different nutrients on orexin cells, which are critical in determining wakefulness and energy expenditure. Amino acids - nutrients found in proteins such as egg whites - were found to stimulate orexin neurons much more than other nutrients.