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Is Breakfast the "Most Important Meal of the Day?"

The Claim- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In order to start your day right, you should start with a complete breakfast to help fuel your body.
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The Verdict- False, Misleading We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it makes sense, especially considering once the morning rolls around most of us haven't eaten in seven (or more) hours. After all, food is fuel, and we all know that you don't get where you want to go if you don't have enough fuel to get there. But, with most things, there's a lot more at play than simply energy in, energy out, when it comes to our bodies.

     The saying was first coined somewhere in the mid 19th century by James Caleb Jackson and John Harvey Kellogg ( Yes, that Kellogg guy and his corn flakes) to help market their newly invented cereal. Before long, other companies with similar ideas jumped on the bandwagon to promote their own products. They started paying for, and pushing, research to help back their claims that we needed to start our day off with a full belly of their products, or we we were not living up to our full potential.

     So what does our bodies say about all this? Well, from an evolutionary standpoint, we did not naturally eat first thing in the morning, we had to go out and catch/pick it first. As a result, our bodies provide a spike in our blood sugar levels when we awaken to energize us enough to do just that. Adding a bowl full of carbs and protein on top of that cranks our blood sugar levels up even higher, which can increase our insulin resistance, and can even lead to type 2 diabetes in the long run. On top of that, eating first thing in the morning can increase our hunger throughout the day leading to eat more than we necessarily need.

     For a normal healthy adult, breakfast isn't all that important, at least not as much as it's made out to be, and could be detrimental to your health in the long term, but there can be some advantages to eating in the morning however for some people, especially pregnant women, children, people who suffer from impaired glucose regulation, athletes, and those who are hungry when waking up. But for those of us who are healthy and are not hungry first thing, it's not going to hurt to hold off on stuffing your face for a little while longer, So don't worry what ads tell you, and listen to your body. It usually knows best.

Below is an excellent video put together by Healthcare Triage on the science of breakfast

 

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