You always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and now new research has confirmed what we've been told for years: skipping that morning meal is a very bad idea.
New guidance released by the American Heart Association and backed by British experts from the British Heart Foundation warns that missing brekkie could raise your risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease,the Daily Mail reports.
The review, which was led by scientists from Columbia University in New York, also revealed that up to a third of adults don't have breakfast, before grazing and snacking throughout the day instead – leading to health risks.
After reviewing numerous studies, the team concluded that those of us who eat regular, healthy breakfast every day are less likely to overeat later on. As a result, their bodies have more time to burn off energy from food before bed.
The team suggested we should all aim to eat between 15 and 25% of out daily energy intake first thing, which roughly equals 300-500 calories for a woman and 375-625 for men.
While the team didn't provide a sample breakfast, they suggested opting for meals that are high in vital nutrients, including fibre, calcium, potassium and vitamin D.
Pofessor Marie-Pierre St-Onge, who led the review panel, said: 'Meal timing may affect health due to its impact on the body's internal clock.
'We suggest eating mindfully, by paying attention to planning both what you eat and when you eat meals and snacks, to combat emotional eating.
'Many people find that emotions can trigger eating episodes when they are not hungry, which often leads to eating too many calories from foods that have low nutritional value.'
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