Is skipping breakfast bad for the health?

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  • Experts revealed several points about breakfast that could be unknown to many
  • Some myths about skipping breakfast were also pointed out
  • However, an expert said more research is needed to know the bottom line of breakfast

Is skipping breakfast really a bad habit? Does skipping a meal in the morning cause risk to a person’s health? Is it really the most important meal of the day?

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There are a lot of questions surrounding breakfast. Maybe because it’s what our parents always tell us — not having a breakfast before going to school or work is not a good for us. Or maybe, through the years, we have believe that it is the most important meal of the day that missing it would mean, our health could be in trouble.

Now, let’s try to find out what experts have to say about this.

According to a Healthline report, breakfast being tagged as the most important meal of the day is “a myth pervasive in society.” It pointed out that people who eat breakfast tend to have healthier habits and that they are less likely to be overweight and have a lower risk of chronic diseases.

For this reason, many experts have claimed that breakfast must be good for you. However, these studies are so-called observational studies, which can not demonstrate causation. These studies show that people who eat breakfast are more likely to be healthier, but they cannot prove that the breakfast itself caused it,” the report said.

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It was also reported that eating breakfast does not boost your metabolism; explaining that the total amount of food consumed throughout the day is what matters for metabolism. “It makes no difference at which times, or how often, you eat,” it stated.

The report also argued that breakfast is only optional and that nothing is special about it. It said that “it probably does not matter whether you eat or skip breakfast, as long as you eat healthy for the rest of the day.”

For medical expert Monique Tello, MD, MPH, breakfast does not have to happen first thing in the morning.

“Breakfast is how we break our overnight fast, and for many people, breaking fast doesn’t have to happen first thing in the morning. That’s right, folks: breakfast does NOT have to happen first thing in the morning,” Tello said in an article published at the Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School.

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“If you are not hungry when you wake up, that is normal, and you do not need to eat. That old myth about ‘revving up your metabolism’ with food first thing was largely created by breakfast cereal manufacturers,” Tello added.

Courtney Peterson, an assistant professor of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama Birmingham, told Time that more research is needed in order to know the bottom line on breakfast.

A small study conducted by researchers from the University of Hohenheim in Germany showed that skipping breakfast may increase dangerous inflammation; however, Peterson, who studies time-restricted eating, said “the authors’ data does not support the idea that breakfast skipping is bad for the health.