A new study from researchers at The Ohio State University shows that often skipping breakfast could also be a nasty idea. – you’ll be missing out on several vital nutrients.
A study took place in America which included 30,889 adults ages 19 and older who had participated in the study that took place between 2005 and 2016. To determine who had skipped breakfast, they checked out the 24-hour dietary recalls that the survey participants had completed. Then they calculated the nutrient content of what the breakfast skippers reported they had consumed. They found that people who skipped breakfast tend to have a very different nutritional profile than those who had a great morning meal.
The biggest differences in consumption were found in folate, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and D. All those who were skipping breakfast consistently lack all the aforementioned nutrients.
Foods that are commonly eaten in an American breakfast include cereal, milk, fruit, and grains, Basically all those food items that are less likely to be eaten at other times of the day. These foods naturally contain nutrients like calcium, iron, and fiber.
The brain needs glucose to survive through the night and sometimes there isn’t enough stored glycogen within the liver to stabalize adequate blood glucose levels. This problem can be solved by increasing cortisol levels.
By having breakfast, you refill the liver with glycogen so that the cortisol levels can decrease. If you don’t eat breakfast, then cortisol levels will cease to increase in order to maintain blood glucose levels, eventually causing insulin resistance.
Lack of glucose in the brain will cause decreased functioning of the brain cells—which is why you experience headaches and dizziness when you haven’t eaten for a longer period of time.
A 2009 study noted that female college students who consistently skipped breakfast had more menstrual irregularities including excruciating painful periods and irregular blood flow.
All in all, those who skipped breakfast had an unhealthy nutrient profile, and those who ate breakfast had an healthy nutrient profile.