Breakfast: Optional

During my years living in Melbourne, Australia, Eat With Me was very important to me. The small start-up aimed to connect people around the world through experiences centred around food; its events were how I met many of my closest friends in Melbourne. Although Eat With Me recently ceased operations, I was honoured to have the opportunity to write their blog for over a year, concepting, researching and writing posts related to food and community. Below is one of those posts.

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“Have you heard that breakfast is no longer the most important meal of the day?”

This, from my cousin Hannah, was music to my ears. I, a breakfast abstainer, have grown a little (a lot) tired of hearing the well-trodden refrain about the importance of breakfast. Could it be that I could now address these breakfast nags with science on my side?

Well, not really.

Apparently, neither the breakfast skippers nor the breakfast evangelists have science squarely on side. The most appropriate response to that bothersome question (”Don’t you know breakfast is the most important meal of the day?”) is as follows:

“More randomized experiments are needed before we can fully understand the impact of breakfast.”

This, from an article in The Atlantic cleverly titled “Breakfast Downgraded From ‘Most Important Meal’ of the Day to ‘Meal.’” What’s behind the shift? The dominant theory about the pro-breakfast argument has been that eating breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and makes it easier to manage your weight. But a series of recent studies conducted by Cornell University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Bath have found that eating breakfast has no measurable impact on one’s weight.

The bottom line? According to nutrition scientist P.K. Newby, if you don’t have the time or the inclination to eat breakfast, you don’t need to. And if breakfast consists of sugary cereals or a muffin, you’re actually better off skipping it.

Take that, breakfast nags.

Now don’t get me wrong. I may be a rejecter of breakfast, but I am a big, big, big fan of brunch – ideally amongst friends. Check out our Pinterest board for some brunch inspiration, and invite your friends around for a morning (or early afternoon) meal.

Images via New York Times