When nutrition experts say, "Start eating," everyone gets excited.
Unfortunately, the next word is usually "breakfast."
Breakfast time is the only time I'm not hungry, so why would I want to eat then? That's is what I am told more often than not.
Studies show that fewer Americans are eating when they wake up, and that's a mistake.
There's scientific evidence that if you eat breakfast you're less likely to gorge later. She emailed me the "Breakfast and Health" report by the International Food Information Council (ific.org) -- with 153 footnotes.
I'll save you the trouble: "Eating breakfast may help prevent weight gain" (Footnote 41). "Eating breakfast each day may be a smart strategy for maintaining weight loss" (43). "Skipping breakfast may lead to increased risk for obesity" (40).
There is, however, a huge asterisk to all this. "Breakfast" does not mean eggs slathered in hollandaise sauce with bacon. Even grab-and-go items that sound kind of healthy often aren't. The cranberry orange scone (fruit, right?) at Starbucks has 460 calories and 17 grams of fat. On both counts, that's really a lot.
The report advises whole-grain cereal, fat-free or low-fat milk, fruit and 100 percent fruit juices (six separate footnotes). That, sadly, is a lot healthier than a buttery croissant (310 calories; 18 grams of fat).
Just grab a piece of fruit or a yogurt.
I'm peeling a banana right now -- and pretending it's a croissant.
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