Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?

Along with old classics like ‘carrots give you night vision’ and ‘Santa doesn’t bring toys to misbehaving children’, one of the most well-worn phrases in the arsenal of tired parents everywhere is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

What’s most important, some argue, is what we eat for breakfast.

High-protein breakfasts have been found particularly effective in reducing food cravings and consumption later in the day, according to research by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

In the end, the key may be to be mindful of not over-emphasising any single meal, but rather looking at how we eat all day long. “A balanced breakfast is really helpful, but getting regular meals throughout the day is more important to leave blood sugar stable through day, that helps control weight and hunger levels,” says Sarah Elder.“Breakfast isn’t the only meal we should be getting right.”

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