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Is breakfast important?

4th June 2014

Breakfast has often been described as 'the most important meal of the day'.

SleepingThe word itself is made up from the first meal that 'breaks' the body from its 'fasting'.

It is commonly recommended that we eat breakfast as part of a healthy lifestyle, but a new study led by US scientists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) aims to challenge this perception*.

An article from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) says:

"Skipping meals, especially breakfast, can make you feel tired and hungry and more likely to reach for high-fat, high-calorie snacks. In fact, people who eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy weight than those who don't."

The scientists trialed 300 otherwise healthy overweight and obese adults over 16 weeks.

The scientists discovered no links between weight loss and the consumption of breakfast.

Assistant professor, Emily Dhurandhar, from the Department of Health Behaviour at AUB said:

"We should try to understand why eating or skipping breakfast did not influence weight loss, despite evidence that breakfast may influence appetite and metabolism."

The new study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

*Edited to clarify the "aim of the study".

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Anonymous

Thursday 12th June 2014 @ 8:57

It is mentioned that a study led by UAB "challenges" the perception (that we eat breakfast as part of a healthy life). I do no see that the study challenges this perception. On the contrary, it supports it. For centuries we have been told that breakfast is a must, and it is!


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Article Information

Title: Is breakfast important?
Author: Dan Boyle
Article Id: 25613
Date Added: 4th Jun 2014

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