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Should I worry about skipping breakfast?

By Joel Snape

07 May 2023 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

A lot of people believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But is this just a modern-day myth? The Guardian weighs up the evidence.

On some level, it sort of makes sense that breakfast should have a place in the food hierarchy that other meals don’t. The clue’s in the name: you are literally “breaking” your “fast” – taking your body from a state of deprivation to its first significant calorie hit.

But the idea of breakfast being the most important meal of the day really only developed around the same time that John Harvey Kellogg was touting cornflakes as an alternative to moral impurity – with the suggestion that meat and heavily seasoned foods inflamed sinful urges. So, if you skip breakfast, are you really setting yourself up for failure – dietary or otherwise? And, considering the results being offered for various forms of fasting, could it even somehow help?

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