Breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day as it has always been touted, according to a new study by researchers in the UK.
Researchers at the University of Bath found that breakfast had no effect on metabolism and suggest that the good health of those who eat breakfast regularly may be due to their overall diet.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at 33 men and women of normal weight who either ate a breakfast of at least 700 calories before 11 a.m. or who did not have any breakfast at all.
After six weeks of recording various metabolic markers such as blood glucose and metabolic rates, researchers found that there was no change in the metabolism between those who ate a breakfast and those who did not.
Differences that were noted for the participants who did eat a breakfast include more energy being expended as well as more stable blood sugar readings. For those who skipped breakfast, they ate fewer calories throughout the rest of the day, contradictory to the belief that not eating breakfast leads to over-eating later in the day.