For years there has been debate over whether we should all eat breakfast or not and it seemed that the conclusion ended up being that breakfast was actually the most important meal of the day. That is something that has been drilled into us since we can remember, with our parents moaning if we left the house without having your bowl of porridge.
Companies have also latched onto this idea, promoting cereal bars and other on-the-go breakfast meals to suit our busy lifestyles.
It’s not a new thing – Kellogg’s had a marketing campaign that encouraged people in the early 1900’s that eating breakfast was healthy and of course, promoted their product as the perfect breakfast meal.
It’s been assumed that your first meal of the day boosts your metabolism, makes you lees like to over eat later in the day, gives you more energy and makes you less likely to put on weight.
Hearing that is enough to make any grab a bowl of cereal or slice of toast in a morning.
But what if we told you that actually, there isn’t really any solid evidence to prove the claim that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?
Dr James Betts, a senior lecturer in nutrition at the University of Bath said ‘The problem is that these benefits although logical sounding, are largely assumptions based on observational studies and had never actually been tested.
Recent studies split a group of people into two groups. One of the groups would eat a 700 calorie breakfast, while the other just had water to drink until lunch time.
The test discovered that while those who didn’t have breakfast did eat more at lunch time, it didn’t equal the 700 calories the group who ate breakfast consumed in their first meal of the day.
Tests also showed the the hormone that makes us hungry, known as gherkin, was similar in those who ate breakfast and those who didn’t and that skipping breakfast didn’t affect weight gain.
However, Dr. Betts did notice the group who ate breakfast tended to burn off the extra calories they consumed, whether that was through fidgeting or light exercise. So both groups come out almost equal?
It should also be taken into account that some people just don’t like eating breakfast. Many people have reported that they aren’t hungry when they first wake up and often wait until mid-morning to eat.
And with the results of Dr. Bretts test being as they are, it seems it’s not exactly essential that we eat breakfast. However, that’s not to say that eating breakfast doesn’t have it’s benefits. Healthy cereal, porridge and fruits are all great food sources, so they certainly add much needed nutrients to your diet.
Essentially what we are saying is that if you want to eat breakfast, that’s great, but try and make sure you go for a healthy option. If you can’t think of any thing worse than eating shortly after you’ve woken up, that’s fine as well. Just ensure you make up for in later on, eating healthy snacks, lunch and dinner.
Whether you eat three meals a day, or six smaller meals, eat when you’re hungry and eat well.