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Opening Arguments

Breakfast of chumps

Here's another entry for your "The science is settled" scrapbook:

For years, we’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But scientific support for that idea has been surprisingly meager, and a spate of new research at several different universities — published in multiple articles in the August issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — could change the way we think about early-hours eating.

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For now, the slightly unsatisfying takeaway from the new science would seem to be that if you like breakfast, fine; but if not, don’t sweat it. “I almost never have breakfast,” Dr. Betts said. “That was part of my motivation for conducting this research, as everybody was always telling me off and saying I should know better.” Based on the results of these studies, he said his habits won’t change.

Yeah, we've heard that harangue all our lives, haven't we? Don't ever skip breakfast!It's been pounded into me so much that anytime I skip breakfast, I feel a vague sense of unease. And since I've always been hit or miss when it comes to that meal, I feel that way a lot. It's funny now that I think about it, but I hardly ever eat breakfast or lunch when I'm working, opting instead for a light meal about 10 a.m. But when it's the weekend or I'm on vacation, I almost always have both meals. Strange.