Should Those Who Have Breakfast Continue to Condemn Those Who Don’t?

Unfortunately, hunger is not only found in Africa. Studies show that one in seven households in America doesn’t have enough food for the family to eat every day. Programs at school are geared to help the 15 million children that go without food daily by providing breakfast and lunch, so these kids at least get two out of the three meals every day that they need. Many more school children get school lunches than breakfast, but any hungry child or adult should get food if they want it.

For years, the news media, as well as the mothers of America, have said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you don’t eat it, you are completely sabotaging your health, but the evidence for this statement goes both ways.

The problem is that some people are just not hungry until lunchtime or they don’t have the time in the morning to eat breakfast. There is no reason these people should be made to feel guilty Aaron Carroll, the author of this article says. Ruth Fremson, of The New York Times, agrees with him. She states, “Our belief in the power of breakfast is based on misinterpreted research and poor studies.”

So Mr. Carroll began investigating the overwhelming number of research studies on breakfast from the past 30 years and found that the majority are conducted by the food industry and are adjusted to form the desired conclusion – that breakfast is a necessity.

This is misleading and confusing, and of course, you’ll find considerable research showing correlations between a good breakfast and the reduced frequency of things like coronary heart disease and cholesterol, but they merely show association and not causation. Cereal companies are great for supporting studies, and Kellogg’s and Quaker Oats have initiated many studies to show one should have breakfast.

So, the bottom line is if you want breakfast, have it, but the guilt trip for not having breakfast stops here!