However, Lona Sandon, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, cautioned that the study might implicitly over-emphasize the benefits of protein.

"There's definitely research out there that protein does help us to feel satisfied with what we've eaten, on a smaller amount of food," she said. "But it's not as simple as that, because there's also certain carbohydrates -- particularly high-in-fiber-type carbohydrates, like whole wheat, bran, fruits and vegetables -- that will do that equally, if not better, than protein. So, there's this misconception that we need to eat all this protein."

"Protein is just one piece of the puzzle," she advised. "And the bottom line is we need to consider more than protein when controlling appetite."

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