Breakfast; The most important meal of the day?

You often hear said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But is this true? Being the good skeptic that I am I never take anything as being fact unless there is good evidence and a recent study provides us with some in relation to the breakfast question.  

The  study in question looked at 467 teenagers who were asked to fill out a food frequency questionnaire and keep a 7-day food journal. Both  were verified by the parents and registered dietitians for accuracy. Body mass index was calculated for each subject and percentage body fat was measured.  About 16% of subjects were overweight and 7% obese. Interestingly it was observed that the overweight and obese subjects tended to eat a smaller proportion of daily calories at breakfast and also reported being hungrier.

It was also observed that those who ate a “full” breakfast had an average daily intake of 350 fewer calories per day than those who did not. A “full” breakfast was deemed as providing 25 percent of the day’s total calories and consisting of at least four food groups.

The researchers further found the subjects who typically ate a “full” breakfast consumed more healthy monounsaturated fats and fiber and less saturated fats and cholesterol each day than those who did not eat a “full” breakfast

So there you have it, it may indeed be a good idea to breakfast like a king. You will tend to eat healthier through out the rest of the day and in the long run it shouldn’t have an impact on your weight.

Reference:

Breakfast quality and its relationship to the prevalence of overweight and obesity in adolescents. Nutricon Hospitalaria, 2011, 26 (5)