Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, or not. While most parents want to send their kids off to school with a full stomach and the required energy to learn, many adults make it all the way to lunchtime having consumed nothing more than a cup of coffee.
A new study now claims that people who break their fast at midday are likely to consume higher calorie choices than those who would have eaten in the am hours. A brainscan of 21 volunteers showed
Scans were conducted both when the participants had not eaten anything that morning and after they had a 750-calorie breakfast. After all of the scans, the participants were served lunch.
“Through both the participants’ MRI results and observations of how much they ate at lunch, we found ample evidence that fasting made people hungrier, and increased the appeal of high-calorie foods and the amount people ate,” Dr. Tony Goldstone, at the MRC Clinical Science Centre at London’s Imperial College, said in a society news release.
The study revealed that the people who skipped breakfast had a variation in the pattern of activity in their orbitofrontal cortex, an area of the brain linked to the reward value and pleasantness of food.Read more from HealthDay…
This study has a point, but it also has some issues. 700 calories for breakfast is on the high end. If you have lunch just 4 hours later, of course you’ll crave less of any food compared to someone who had their last morsel the night before.
In any case, we can all agree that if you come into a meal too hungry, there’s a good chance you will eat rapidly and eat too much. As usual in life, there is no one right answer. You need to find a solution that works for you.
Are you a breakfast eater or a skipper? Please share your strategies below…