New Studies Show Breakfast May Not Be the Most Important Meal of the Day

by Michelle Guerrere
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Donna Hay

It’s been drilled into our heads since we were kids: Breakfast is important, and you can never skip it if you want to be healthy (which is why we dish up make-ahead eggs, smoothies, and muffins). But those who can’t stand the idea of eating before noon can now rejoice, since according to an article in Business Insider, new studies show that breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day after all.

In fact, the newest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans insinuates that skipping breakfast is no longer considered unhealthy (the last set of guidelines said “not eating breakfast has been associated with excess body weight”). The most recent study on the topic tested to see whether women in England who ate breakfast over a six-week period weighed less than those who didn’t have their first meal until noon. After the trial, the researchers found that there was no correlation between breakfast and weight, but that the women who had breakfast were often more active and those who fasted until noon ate more later on to make up for the missed meal. 

The takeaway? All of your meals should be (relatively) healthy, but you no longer need to be at the mercy of a clock. 

Enjoy a relaxing meal in bed with a chic scalloped folding bed tray, and tell us what your favorite meal of the day is. 

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