Eating breakfast won't make you healthy, but it is still the best

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    • Eating breakfast won't make you healthy, but it is still the best

      Eating breakfast won't magically make you healthy — but it's still the best | Coach

      A recent New York Times piece challenged the long-held belief that breakfast is best — no doubt relief to those who worry they're fast-tracking themselves to obesity if they skip AM eating.

      The Times' writer, self-confessed breakfast-hater and paediatrician Aaron E. Carroll, points out that most studies into breakfast suggest there is an association between eating breakfast and better health, but not a causation – that is, eating breakfast doesn't make you thinner, but it seems that thin, healthy people happen to be more likely to eat breakfast.

      Carroll also highlighted that a lot of research into the benefits of breakfast is funded by cereal companies, so we can't be too trusting of their findings.

      And the New York Times article referred to above:…about-breakfast.html?_r=2

      Few randomized controlled trials exist. Those that do, although methodologically weak like most nutrition studies, don’t support the necessity of breakfast.

      Further confusing the field is a 2014 study (with more financial conflicts of interest than I thought possible) that found that getting breakfast skippers to eat breakfast, and getting breakfast eaters to skip breakfast, made no difference with respect to weight loss. But a 1992 trial that did the same thing found that both groups lost weight. A balanced perspective would acknowledge that we have no idea what’s going on.

      Many of the studies are funded by the food industry, which has a clear bias. Kellogg funded a highly cited article that found that cereal for breakfast is associated with being thinner. The Quaker Oats Center of Excellence (part of PepsiCo) financed a trial regarding consumption of oatmeal or frosted cornflakes (if you eat it in a highly controlled setting each weekday for four weeks), and found that only the no-breakfast group, which lost weight, experienced an increase in cholesterol.

      As a self-confessed conspiracy theorist when it comes to the food industry and the bias demonstrated by supposed nutritionists, I find this interesting.

      I always suspected that the correlation between eating breakfast and having a healthier diet and lifestyle overall is more related to the fact that people who eat breakfast tend to be those who prepare food at home, while those who skip breakfast are more likely to eat convenience foods that are high in carbs and low in nutrition.
    • Extending the overnight fast whilst losing weight (particularly large amounts) especially if you fall into the 3 Fs (over fourty, fat and female) can cause gallstones so in that sense it would be unhealthy.
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