Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?

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Natalie Siler, Staff Writer

What do you immediately do when you wake up in the morning? Do you wake up to a full course meal waiting for you? Pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, hashbrowns the whole deal. Breakfast, it is the most important meal of the day.

 

But just how important is it? Some people never eat breakfast, some eat it every so often, and some can’t go without it. What is the right choice and what is the wrong choice when it comes to if you should eat breakfast?

 

Many people think that breakfast kick starts your metabolism and in the long run, is much more healthy for you than not having it. But studies have shown otherwise. Breakfast does not kick start your metabolism. Just eating breakfast does not mean you are a healthy eater. It all depends on what you put in your body that determines if it is a healthy choice.

According to Healthline’s nutrition team, people think breakfast kick starts your metabolism because of, “the thermic effect of food, which is the increase in calories burned that occurs after you eat. What matters for metabolism is the total amount of food consumed throughout the day.”

The Mayo Clinic Study

The Mayo Clinic did a study that showed people who eat breakfast gain less weight over time. In this study, they analyzed the breakfast habits of 350 adults. Their results showed that people who ate breakfast on a regular basis only gained an average of about three pounds a year. For people who ate breakfast every so often, they gained 5 pounds on average. People who skipped an entire morning meal gained about 8 pounds.

 

Dr. Virend Somers, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic has an answer as to why this is true. He said, “If you eat a good breakfast in the morning, you’re less likely to be hungry during the course of the day,”

HRQOL Study

There was another study done that showed eating breakfast is beneficial for you, but in the end, it comes down to what you eat not if you eat. Research done on the quality of breakfast eaters showed adolescents who ate a high-quality breakfast showed better HRQOL (health-related quality of life). They had lower levels of stress and depression than those who ate breakfast with low nutritional value. 

 

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health says, “Some recent findings examining the role of breakfast composition and quality of breakfast suggest that some specific foods, such as cereals or dairy products, might play a protective role in positive health benefits among adolescents, being associated with better nutrient intake, a higher level of physical activity and a reduced consumption of fats throughout the day.”

 

From that same study, they found something about eating breakfast that contradicts people who say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Compared to low-quality breakfast eaters, breakfast skippers had much better physical well-being, psychological well-being, better mood, and emotions, etc.

 

We’ve always thought that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we should not skip it, but in reality, all that matters is what you have from breakfast.

 

It is now clear that it does not matter if you skip breakfast everyday, eat it every other day, or have it every morning, the determinating factor of being healthy is what you eat. Full course meal or not, breakfast is a meal that you can go without.