Back in March, Mark Bittman and David L. Katz wrote an article ambitiously called “The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right,” and, not surprisingly, it didn’t quite live up to its title.
Their follow up article, addressing some of the most common questions that the first one raised, has some not-so-surprising answers (whole foods are best; our paleolithic ancestors didn’t eat bacon), and some that go against our common understanding of how to eat and stay healthy. In particular, they take a contrarian stand against one of the most common, and most widely accepted, forms of diet or healthy eating advice, right up there with drinking more water or suggesting a handful of almonds as the perfect portable healthy snack.
Is breakfast really as important as people say it is?
No. The importance of eating the minute your feet hit the ground in the morning is folklore.
No breakfast?! What is this heresy?
Truth be told it’s not as radical as it sounds. They continue to say,
“Studies on the timing of breakfast are few, and show mixed results. What it all seems to come down to is hunger. If you’re hungry, and want breakfast but don’t have it, the effects on alertness, concentration, productivity, and such tend to be bad. That’s no great surprise. On the other hand, if you don’t eat breakfast until 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. or even noon because you aren’t hungry until then, there’s no consistent evidence of any kind of harm.”
So there you have it, folks: instead of pounding that smoothie the moment you wake up because everyone else is doing it, try waiting until you’re hungry to eat. For me, that means before I get out of bed, but for others, that may be closer to lunchtime or that mid-morning energy slump.
What do you think? How does breakfast factor into your day?