Breakfast – To Eat or Not to Eat?

Since you were young, you’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is a misconstrued statement. Breakfast is important in many ways, but most of them only involve children. So, don’t feel guilty if you skip that bowl of cereal.

Everyone is different when it comes to their preference for eating breakfast. Some people bolt out their door without a second thought. While others make the time to sit down and enjoy some oatmeal and toast. It shouldn’t be viewed as an obligation though. Multiple studies have shown that breakfast is not the lifesaver it was once thought to be.

Controlled experiments performed a few years ago proved that breakfast isn’t essential. Two groups were asked to eat breakfast or not eat breakfast. Both groups lost weight, and neither experienced a rise in their cholesterol. Other studies claiming to prove the importance of breakfast have intentionally misled the public on this issue. Plus, they were sponsored by some of the biggest brands in the breakfast industry such as Quaker Oats and Kellogg’s.

Now, this isn’t to say that breakfast isn’t important for developing minds. Children have scientifically shown to perform better in school with full bellies. However, this proof comes from studies that focus on the relevance of the breakfast programs in schools.

Many children don’t get the nutrition they need at home. For them, breakfast is indeed essential, if not life-saving. Many kids in the United States live at or below the poverty line. Breakfast can mean everything to them. However, this doesn’t mean every student should be forced to eat when they’re not hungry.

When taking the outside influences on these studies into consideration, it brings you to the conclusion that maybe nobody really understands the importance of breakfast. Like anything in life, it’s about finding the balance for yourself. If you’re hungry in the morning, then make a bowl of cereal. If you’re not hungry, don’t stress the rest of the day because you didn’t eat breakfast. After all, it’s not the most important meal of the day anymore.