When we were kids, our parents always told us that breakfast is the most important meal. As we were growing up, television told us that skipping breakfast causes weight gain. What's really going on?

    You know that the first meal of the day is important, but no matter how much healthy of a breakfast you eat, your pants are still tight.

    What’s the deal then?

    Here’s what nytimes.com reported:

    The food industry has promoted this claim for decades to sell breakfast cereal. But rigorous scientific studies have found no evidence that it’s true.

    That’s because there’s a marketing trick…

    The idea that a hearty breakfast is good for your health dates back to the 1920s, when Edward Bernays, a public relations guru, led a nationwide media campaign encouraging people to start their mornings with bacon and eggs. One of Mr. Bernays’s clients at the time was Beech-Nut Packing Company, which sold bacon and other pork products.

    There were oh so many studies done on this. Observational studies reported that breakfast eaters tended to be leaner. Though these studies could not show cause and effect, many health authorities and food companies stuck to their guns that eating breakfast protects against weight gain.

    And then there’s the experimental studies…

    …that randomly assigned people to eat or skip breakfast, have found no such thing.

    “Whether or not you have breakfast in itself is not going to impact your body weight,” said James Betts, an author of the study and an associate professor of nutrition and metabolism at the University of Bath in England.

    The truth is, people who have breakfast are most likely to be leading a healthier lifestyle.

    They follow behaviours such as drinking and smoking less, consuming less sugar, increasing their fiber intakes and exercising more as compared to those who skip a morning meal.


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