Dietary egg-white protein increases body protein mass and reduces body fat mass through an acceleration of hepatic β-oxidation in rats

Br J Nutr. 2017 Sep;118(6):423-430. doi: 10.1017/S0007114517002306.


Egg-white protein (EWP) is known to reduce lymphatic TAG transport in rats. In this study, we investigated the effects of dietary EWP on body fat mass. Male rats, 4 weeks old, were fed diets containing either 20 % EWP or casein for 28 d. Carcass protein levels and gastrocnemius leg muscle weights in the EWP group were significantly higher than those in the casein group. In addition, carcass TAG levels and abdominal fat weights in the EWP group were significantly lower than those in the casein group; adipocyte size in abdominal fat in the EWP group was smaller than that in the casein group. To identify the involvement of dietary fat levels in the rats, one of two fat levels (5 or 10 %) was added to their diet along with the different protein sources (EWP and casein). Abdominal fat weight and serum and hepatic TAG levels were significantly lower in the EWP group than in the casein group. Moreover, significantly higher values of enzymatic activity related to β-oxidation in the liver were observed in the EWP group compared with the casein group. Finally, abdominal fat weight reduction in the EWP group with the 10 % fat diet was lower than that in the EWP group with the 5 % fat diet. In conclusion, our results indicate that, in addition to the inhibition of dietary TAG absorption reported previously, dietary EWP reduces body fat mass in rats through an increase of body protein mass and the acceleration of β-oxidation in the liver.

Keywords: β-Oxidation; EWP egg-white protein; Adipocyte size; Body composition; Egg-white protein; Rats.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Fat / metabolism
  • Adipocytes / metabolism
  • Adiposity*
  • Animals
  • Body Composition
  • Body Mass Index
  • Caseins / administration & dosage
  • Diet
  • Dietary Fats / administration & dosage
  • Egg Proteins, Dietary / administration & dosage*
  • Egg White / chemistry
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Liver / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Organ Size / physiology
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Triglycerides / blood


  • Caseins
  • Dietary Fats
  • Egg Proteins, Dietary
  • Triglycerides