How good is sitting down to a plate of organic eggs, smashed avo and grilled mushrooms paired with a decent cup of
gasoline coffee first thing in the morning? Sounds delicious. But the integral of a healthy diet breakfast or simply we have become feeders habitualised eat?
For many adults, the message that breakfast is the most important meal of the day has been instilled in us from an early age. TV ads government-funded guidelines food and Dietitians are determined to have us believe that a good diet, healthy starts with a morning meal.
However, a growing number of experts, and a growing body of research, question the validity of these claims if not reject them all together.
So what is the truth?
Earlier this year, a professor of pediatrics at the Medical School of Aaron E. Carroll Indiana University, wrote an article for the New York Times question the push for breakfast in the media.
noted that much of the published data for eating breakfast was funded by groups such as Kellogg, who had a personal interest.
Indeed, the phrase that breakfast is’ the most important meal of the day “was a 1944 marketing campaign launched by the general US company Foods to encourage people to, you guessed it, buy more grain.
But probably the most fascinating and poignant argument Carroll does is how this research was – and still is -. Oriented towards children
a good breakfast is regularly touted as an essential part of your daily routine, especially because it helps you get better results at school . But as Carroll notes, this research did not take into account the overall nutritional intake of children being studied.
as Carroll noted, hunger “affects almost one in seven households in the United States , or about 15 million children. ” So it makes sense then that children were starving in the country respond better when fed in the morning.
Carroll was also critical of studies suggesting that children who skip breakfast were more likely to be overweight than children who eat two breakfast for the same reason -. if you are being fed at home, you probably will not starve at school
most important, or simply more popular
for an overview of how pervasive narrative is breakfast, here is a snapshot of recent statistics taken in a study commissioned for breakfast cereal Australia Manufacturers Forum:
- Up to 2 million Australian share photos of their breakfast in social networks at least once a week and at least half cereals million share on a daily basis cured carefully.
- Most of these “heads” Brekkie are men, being three times more likely to believe that the world needs to know what they are eating at a given moment gentlemen.
- Health is the greatest motivation in choosing breakfast cereals, with Australian saying bowel health / regularity (38%), satiety (39%) and boost nutrition (36 %) most influence on what happens in the container every day.
- fruit and nuts, are still the most popular ingredients of choice for breakfast cereals.
(Incidentally, the survey also found that 1.1 million eat cereal out of the box and almost half a million Australians used a mason jar as a bowl. Ah and more than 300,000 Australians ate cereal with a fork. What is not uncommon at all …)
the belief that breakfast is so good for us is so entrenched that even supplements has been used as a breakfast food substitutes.
In another survey conducted by Roy Morgan Research , the results suggest that breakfast drinks like Up & Go were consumed by people rather than protein drinks or energy drinks in the belief that came with solid nutritional value. This despite the findings of advocacy group of consumers Option find that many breakfast drinks not only contained very low levels fiber and higher than recommended levels of sugar.
Science vs benefits
Script Good Health ( “health magazine oldest in the world”) in 1917, Lenna F. Cooper stated that “in many ways, breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it is the food the day started.”
is not a coincidence, Good Health also happened to be edited by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the father of modern day flaked cereal. To say that Kellogg had an agenda when this was put in his magazine is an understatement.
But it is also part of a bigger picture surrounding the science of breakfast and how research can be skewed to benefit the objectives of the author.
In 2013, an article published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition literature studied the links between breakfast around and obesity. What they found was that scientists regularly showed bias in his interpretation of the research, which promotes the idea that there was a link between skipping breakfast and obesity even when no such evidence was obvious.
And only in a study of 2014 by Monash University, researchers found that skipping breakfast as part intermittent fasting helped not only the loss weight but also helped blood pressure and various forms of liver damage.
But this does not mean that breakfast is bad and should not be eating. In fact, if you wake up hungry like those 15 million children of school age in the US, then definitely you should be eating.
However, eating only out of habit? You may exchange it for an extra 30 minutes of sleep.