The Truth About Breakfast
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on June 05, 2014 @ 7:13PM
Created on June 05, 2014 @ 5:53PM
A new study has found that eating breakfast doesn't make a difference in people who want to drop a few pounds. However, experts say breakfast is still the most important meal of the day.
Local nutritionist Brooke Nissim-Sabat said that this study goes against all conventional wisdom we have about breakfast. While the study showed that participants who ate and didn't eat breakfast lost about the same amount of weight, experts say that breakfast eaters are better able to maintain a healthy weight. You do want to make sure you are eating the right breakfast foods, though. Try whole grains and fruit, and leave behind the processed meats. Nutritionists say that by skipping breakfast, you are already putting yourself behind.
"The thing about breakfast is that when you skip it, you're already behind for the whole day. So if you're missing out on the calcium, the fiber, the vitamin C that most people can usually get in at breakfast, then you're already starting your day in a deficit for the nutrients you need," said Nissim-Sabat, an assistant professor of foods and nutrition at Pierpont Community and Technical College.
When it comes to children, studies have consistently found that kids who eat breakfast are less disruptive in class and do better in school because they can focus more.
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