No Lie: Eating Bread for Breakfast Can Aid Weight Loss, New Study Finds

Updated 03/26/18
Stuck in the Kitchen

There's no need to feel guilty about that decadent order of avocado toast you devoured at brunch. New research presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago suggests eating bread in the morning might actually aid weight loss.

"A slice of bread consumed at breakfast leads to a lower glucose response and is less fattening than an identical slice of bread consumed in the evening," said lead study author, Daniela Jakubowicz, MD. The study involved participants who suffered from diabetes or obesity, Body+Soul reports. Those who ate a big breakfast (which included toast), average lunch, and small dinner, lost 11 pounds over three months, compared to those in the control group, who gained about three pounds.

We hear you: For years, we've been told to limit or avoid bread, which can be high in sugar and low in nutritional value. So why the conflicting dietary advice? While bread was a meal plan component in the study, perhaps the most important lesson is to pay attention to timing. "The hour of the day—when you eat and how frequently you eat—is more important than what you eat and how many calories you eat," Jakubowicz confirmed. Yes, eating a large breakfast might be the key to a healthier diet—anyone for seconds?

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