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Reasons why you should never skip breakfast

Posted by on 2 August 2015 | 0 Comments

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. About 18% of males and 13% of females between the ages of 35 and 54 are breakfast skippers, according to a 2011 study by the market research company NPD group. But the evidence that suggests that breakfast is a meal not-to-be-skipped is overwhelming.

Have a look at some of the research showing the possible benefits of breakfast:

Diabetes: Skipping breakfast may increase a woman's diabetes risk, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Women who ate breakfast an average of zero to six times per week were at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women who ate breakfast every day.

Heart Disease: Eating breakfast was associated with a lower incidence of heart disease in men between ages 45 and 82, according to a July 2011 study in the journal Circulation. The study also found that skipping breakfast was associated with hypertension, insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar levels.

Memory: A 2005 Journal of the American Dietetic Association review of 47 breakfast-related studies found that eating breakfast is likely to improve cognitive function related to memory and test grades.

Weight Loss: In one recent study, people who ate breakfast as their largest meal lost an average of 8kg over three months. The other participants consumed the same number of total calories per day, but ate most of their calories at dinner, according to the study published in July 2011 in the journal Obesity. The large-dinner group only lost an average of 3kg each over the same time period.


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