The Science of Breakfast Skipping

Breakfast Skipping

A mother’s warning of “don’t forget your breakfast” may feel outdated as we hurry along our busy adult lives. But you should always listen to your mother—especially in today’s 24/7 world. Research shows that eating breakfast helps to stabilize weight, mood, and attention, while reducing cravings throughout the day and improve long-term health.  Let’s dive into the science behind breakfast skipping.

Breakfast Skipping and Weight

If you’re a Number Cruncher who tallies up every calorie, you might be tempted to cut out breakfast to save the calories for later. Unfortunately, your body doesn’t usually respond to this fasting in the way you desire. Breakfast is a way to kickstart your resting metabolism in the morning, and without it, you burn fewer calories—even if your routine is the same. Plus, skipping breakfast means you’ll be even hungrier for lunch or a snack, which can cause you to overindulge at later meals. Multiple epidemiological studies show a strong relation between skipping breakfast and weight gain,1,2 as well as increase in visceral fat.3

Breakfast Skipping and Long-term Health

It’s not just your waist that suffers when you miss out on breakfast—it can also affect your long-term health. Prospective research on middle-aged men suggests that eating breakfast can is not only beneficial for weight management, but also healthy blood glucose regulation4 and heart health.5

Breakfast Skipping and Concentration

If your day starts without breakfast, or with a simple high-glycemic carbohydrate breakfast, you may feel a sudden crash in energy, and loss of all attention and focus. Okay if you’re planning on watching TV all day, but not so great if you have a pile of work to do. Starting your day with a balanced breakfast that includes protein, healthy fat, and low-glycemic carbohydrates will help you to stay concentrated and productive until your stomach starts growling again. 6

As you know, not all breakfasts are created equally. Ditch the sugary cereal for a more balanced breakfast that included plant-based protein, healthy fats, and low-glycemic carbohydrates. Skip the negative effects of missing out on breakfast and commit to making breakfast your #OneChange to stay healthy in 2014.


Checkout my previous post on skipping of breakfast.


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  2. van der Heijden AA. (2007). A prospective study of breakfast consumption and weight gain among U.S. men. Obesity. 15(10):2463-9.
  3. Alexander KE et al. (2009). Association of breakfast skipping with visceral fat and insulin indices in overweight Latino youth. Obesity.17(8):1528-33.
  4. Mekary RA. (2013). Eating patterns and type 2 diabetes risk in older women: breakfast consumption and eating frequency. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 98(2):436-43.
  5. Cahill LE, et al. (2013). Prospective Study of Breakfast Eating and Incident Coronary Heart Disease in a Cohort of Male US Health Professionals. Circulation. 128: 337-343. Accessed from:
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NIMA: The Street Food Edition

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By Nana Osei Kwadwo

The Street Food Culture The Street Food Culture

Street food is a way of life in Accra. In fact, it’s the only fast food you’ll find in town. Easy and convenient, affordable and ready to eat, street food for many Accra city people is the way to do it.

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1- Pimples:
Acne or pimples have cursed women’s for a long time now; it’s time to get rid of these by using cinnamon and honey mixture.

2-Indigestion or stomach problems:
Honey and cinnamon used together cures ulcers from the root. It also relieves gas and destroys germs from the bladder.

3-Heart Diseases:
Mix honey and cinnamon powder together and apply on bread instead of jam and consume daily. This will keep you safe from heart attacks. You can apply this mixture on roti’s as well.

4-Weight loss:
Drinking honey and cinnamon powder boiled in a cup of water, at least half an hour before breakfast and at night daily has shown amazing results to control weight loss. Taken regularly it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Cinnamon helps to reduce weight quickly.

A study showed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones can be cured successfully by the intake of cinnamon with honey. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month 3 times a day.

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Who does not want to stay young forever and increase their life span?
I do! Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly arrests old age.

7-Source for essential minerals:
Cinnamon though in small quantities contains calcium, manganese, iron and some fiber too. These are all essential in various processes and even this small supplement adds great benefit to the body functions.

8-Reduces menstrual pains:
Cramps and pains during periods can some times be caused due to the stagnation of blood. And effective way to treat this pain is by drinking cinnamon tea daily.

Cinnamonaldehyde in Cinnamon is said to increase the progesterone levels in women and decrease the testosterone too. This helps balancing the hormonal levels and reduce infertility problems in women.

10-Boosts brain function:
Smelling cinnamon tends to boost the cognitive ability and memory of a person.

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