To breakfast or not to breakfast? What’s the truth about our most controversial meal?

To breakfast or not to breakfast? What's the truth about our most controversial meal?

In 2017, professor Terence Kealey, author of Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal, told the Telegraph how several studies championing breakfast were backed by food corporations. Not by coincidence, global breakfast cereal sales are predicted to reach $43.2 billion this year, a rise of more than $10 billion since 2012. 

So, should you start your day with a filling meal or on an empty stomach? According to the British Dietetic Association (BDA), the latest study doesn’t reveal anything entirely new, and has both merits and pitfalls. “Whilst some studies do show that people who eat breakfast tend to be a healthier weight, there is no clear benefit of starting to eat breakfast just as a tool to lose weight,” says Dr Frankie Phillips, a registered dietitian at the BDA. “The study shows that simply having breakfast isn’t a magic recipe for weight loss for everyone.” 

Registered nutrition consultant Charlotte Stirling-Reed agrees: “It all comes back to the individual. If you don’t feel hungry in the morning then fine, just make sure you’re packing some good nutrients into the rest of your day. If you love your brekkie, please don’t give it up to save on a few calories throughout the day.”

In fact, both Stirling-Reed and Phillips believe breakfast is one of the best times of day to stock up easily on much-needed nutrients. According to Phillips, “a simple breakfast of wholegrain cereal and milk with a glass of unsweetened fruit juice and a cup of tea provides protein, fibre, a raft of vitamins and minerals and plant phytochemicals.” Much better a healthy start than grazing on chocolate muffins at 11am.

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