You’ve probably heard about how it’s critical to eat breakfast—that it may have health benefits, and even help you lose weight.
John Stossel looks at the evidence with nutritionist Ruth Kava, and finds that there’s no proof of any of those things.
For example, people push breakfast because, as one cereal maker’s ad puts it, “a study from none other than Harvard University states that men who regularly skip breakfast have a 27% higher risk of suffering a heart attack.”
That’s true—but that’s largely because the type of people who skip breakfast are also the type of people who are more likely to smoke, drink alcohol, and eat unhealthy foods. After adjusting for those things, breakfast itself has no significant effect.
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