“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”
“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”
But is this the best advice about breakfast?
A study in 2016 published by the Nutrition Society provided some support, but was viewed by the UK National Health Service as needing more research.
Research published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2017 would also suggest there’s some truth in it.
A study of 50,000 people found that those who made breakfast their largest meal of the day had a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than those who ate more later in the day.
So, for those without a weight problem, there’s no real evidence to suggest having a big breakfast is beneficial, but if your weight or waist size is a problem, then having a big breakfast may be of benefit to you in your weight reduction plan, so long as it’s balanced with less food at other mealtimes.
What makes a healthy breakfast?
In the US, a big breakfast might include: Sweetened breakfast cereal. eggs (fried, scrambled or poached), sliced Bacon and/or Sausages, Hash browns, Toast with jelly, Pancakes with syrup.
In England, most café’s and B&Bs will offer you a ‘full English breakfast’, including typically: Bacon, sausage, fried eggs, fried potatoes or hash browns, fried tomato, fried mushrooms, and occasionally extras.
Doctor Greger, the author of “How Not to Die” would probably pass out, just thinking about meals like this… Animal fat, fried/burnt food, eggs, and two types of processed meat!
So a big fry-up like this may not be the healthiest way to start the day.
The Mayo Clinic suggests these as the basics of a healthy breakfast:
• Whole grains
• Lean protein (including eggs and meat)
• Low-fat dairy
• Fruits and vegetables
Together, these food groups provide complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein and a small amount of fat — a combination that packs health benefits and helps you feel full for hours.
If you follow the advice of Doctor Greger, however, you’ll want to skip the animal fat, and the animal protein.
Link to my post “How Not to Die”