Is breakfast not as essential as we once thought?


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Editor's Note: A couple of readers reached out to us last week after we shared an infographic from Chef Works that illustrated the importance of eating breakfast, along with the interesting ways people around the world eat the first meal of the day. They pointed out that some of the latest research contradicts some of the infographic's points. And they're right. We thought it necessary to share the recent findings with you as well.

Truth bomb: New research released within the last few months shows that skipping breakfast won’t impede upon your diet. While conflicting studies aren't anything new when it comes to nutrition — or any science, for that matter — this might be the first you've heard about breakfast not being The Most Important Meal of the Day. 

Many believe the myth that skipping breakfast will cause you to eat more throughout the day and therefore gain weight stems from misconstrued studies from the early 1990s and 2000s. In actuality, the studies revealed that skipping breakfast has little to no effect on weight gain, that eating breakfast actually causes a dieter to consume more calories throughout the day and that eating breakfast was a method by which people who lost weight kept it off.

David Allison, director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, wrote a paper for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last month explaining his research into the misinformation surrounding breakfast consumption and weight loss.

Allison’s research concludes that there is an association between skipping breakfast and weight gain, but would need a controlled study (which he has in the works) to prove the effects of breakfast on weight loss.

The misinformation from those studies conducted more than 10 and 20 years ago stems from scientists’ own biases and generally misinterpreting others’ finds.

Still further research regarding breakfast and weight loss is being conducted, such as the Cornell University study released in July in the Journal of Physiology & Behavior that states that skipping breakfast several times per week could be effective for losing weight. 

Tell us: Do you think breakfast is crucial to maintaining your own weight? Do you eat breakfast every day?