Bacon and eggs? Cereal and yogurt? How about a black coffee?
A new study has shown that whether or not we eat breakfast might not have as much impact on our health as initially thought
Experts from Monash University have examined 13 studies related to breakfast and found, despite common belief, eating breakfast doesn’t help you lose weight.
In reality – the results found very small differences in weight between those who ate breakfast and those who did not.
They also found no significant difference in metabolic rates between breakfast eater and skippers – despite the common belief that eating breakfast revs up the metabolism and helps your body burn more calories.
Overall people who don’t eat breakfast weighed on average, 0.44kg lighter.
That doesn’t mean you should skip breakfast – especially if you’re hungry – as the study didn’t look into any other health outcomes.
Nutrition Australia says there’s loads of benefits to breakfast, including:
- Improves your energy levels.
- Provides many beneficial nutrients, and boosts your fibre and calcium intake (compared to no breakfast).
- Reduces you chance of over-consuming high kilojoule foods later in the day.
- Stabilises your blood sugar levels.
- Improves memory and concentration.
The authors said the overall quality of the studies was low and more research is needed – so the motto? Eat if you’re hungry and if you’e not, don’t worry about it.