I skipped breakfast again this morning. I won’t worry about it.
Yes, I’ve heard the advice. “It’s the most important meal of the day.” It balances blood sugar levels, kick-starts your metabolism, stimulates the brain, etc.
A Harvard University study said men who regularly skip breakfast have a 27 percent higher risk of suffering a heart attack. Twenty-seven percent!
But I’m not worried, because I now know there’s no proof that skipping breakfast causes heart attacks or any other problem.
In my latest video, nutritionist Dr. Ruth Kava points out that just about all the claims about breakfast being especially important are unproven.
Those Harvard researchers actually say it “remains unknown whether specific eating habits…influence…heart disease risk.”
Strokes and heart attack news persists in part because people who skip breakfast tend to have other bad habits, like smoking.
But the breakfast bunk keeps coming.
Several years ago, the government announced that skipping breakfast may make you fat. Of course, the media jumped on that one. “Missing breakfast tricks your brain into thinking you want higher-calorie foods,” says WebMD.
“Far from making you fat, breakfast actually helps activate your metabolism so you start burning fat,” says StepToHealth.com.
But it’s not true, shows a new analysis by the British Medical Journal.
“They looked on a number of different studies, and they did not find that eating breakfast…helped people lose weight,” says Kava.
The government has backed away from its claim.
Why did researchers and the government get it so wrong?
Partly because eating habits are hard to study. You can’t follow test subjects for years, continuously controlling what they eat.
So, many studies are based on what people (SET ITAL)say(END ITAL) they ate. Some people forget. Or lie.
Many of us have been suckered by studies funded by cereal makers. Five of 15 studies mentioned by the government in its breakfast push were funded by General Mills or Kellogg.
“Yeah, well, they’re the ones that are interested in having their products sold,” says Kava.