Is Breakfast Overrated? Latest Study Challenges the Importance of Breakfast

Updated at: Aug 26, 2014
Is Breakfast Overrated? Latest Study Challenges the Importance of Breakfast

A latest research has challenged the popular belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The study finds out that it has no impact your food intake throughout the day and does not affect the metabolism either.

Vasudha Bhat
LatestWritten by: Vasudha BhatPublished at: Aug 26, 2014

Importance Of BreakfastBreakfast has always been believed to be the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast is considered vital to keep you going throughout the day and it can also prevent you from overeating. But, a recent research has challenged this popular belief. Contradicting the importance of breakfast, the study suggested that the first meal of day did not play a significant role in snacking or quantity of food you eat later in the day. The study also suggests that breakfast has no effect on your metabolism.

The researchers, from the University of Bath, have suggested that people who eat healthy breakfast have a good health and this may be due to their general, wider, diet regime.

After six weeks, no changes were seen in the metabolism of people who did not have breakfast and in people who consumed 700 calories before 11am, out of which 350 calories were eaten within 2 hours of waking up.

People who skipped the first meal of day consumed lesser calories in later part of the day which challenged the theory that people who refrained from breakfast made it up for it by overeating throughout the day.

However, people who ate breakfast burned around 442 calories by staying active throughout the day, mostly in the morning time. A stable blood sugar level was also recorded in these people.

The idea of the research came to lead author of the study James Betts who always skipped breakfast and became tired of people telling him not to skip it. A senior lecturer in nutrition, metabolism, and statistics told the New York Times 'they'd say I should know better'.

He further said 'the belief that breakfast is ‘the most important meal of the day’ is so widespread that many people are surprised to learn that there is a lack of scientific evidence showing whether or how breakfast may directly cause changes in our health.

It is certainly true that people who regularly eat breakfast tend to be slimmer and healthier but these individuals also typically follow most other recommendations for a healthy lifestyle, so have more balanced diets and take more physical exercise.

'Our randomised controlled trial allowed us to find out whether breakfast is a cause, an effect or simply a marker of good health.'
The research has been published in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition.

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