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Eating cereal for breakfast associated with lower body weight
Monday, May 10, 2004 1:28 pm Email this article
"Eating cereal (ready-to-eat or cooked cereal) or quick breads for breakfast is associated with significantly lower body mass index compared to skipping breakfast or eating meats and/or eggs for breakfast," concludes a recent study.
The study looked at the relationship between the type of breakfast people ate, their calorie intake and their body mass index (BMI).
They found that people who ate Ready-to-eat cereal, Cooked cereal, or Quick Breads for breakfast had significantly lower BMI compared to people who skipped breakfast, or those who ate meat and eggs for breakfast.
They also found that people who skipped breakfast and and people who ate fruit or vegetable for breakfast had the lowest daily caloire intake. But, keep in mind that these are self-reported.
SKIPPING BREAKFAST NOT EFFECTIVE FOR WEIGHT CONTROL
“This analysis provides evidence that skipping breakfast is not an effective way to manage weight,” the authors noted.
MEAT AND EGG EATERS WERE THE HEAVIEST
People who ate meat and eggs for breakfast had the highest daily calorie intake and one of the highest BMIs according to the study.
The study analyzed at data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), a large, population-based study conducted in the United States from 1988 to 1994.
Cho S, Dietrich M, Brown C, Clark C, Block G. The effect of breakfast type on total daily energy intake and body mass index: results from the third national health and nutrition examination survey (nhanes iii). J Am Coll Nutr. 2003 Aug, 22(4):296-302.
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