Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

  • By Kim Sung-yoon

    April 20, 2019 08:20

    Breakfast is viewed by many people as an essential start to the day. Medical experts have warned that skipping breakfast causes people to consume more snacks, resulting in weight gains. Proponents of breakfasts claim that people need to replenish their energy, which was depleted overnight, in order to have a productive day as well as stay in shape.

    But a series of recent studies have debunked that view. Some studies even show that eating breakfast causes weight gain.

    A closer look at human history reveals that people did not always eat much breakfast. In the past, Koreans ate a hearty breakfast to fortify themselves for a day in the fields but skipped lunch.

    Even until the 19th century, people in the East and West usually ate only two meals a day. It was during the 19th century that three meals a day became the norm.

    After the Industrial Revolution, workers ate breakfast before heading off to the factories, ate a simple lunch around mid-day and dinner at home.

    Pharmacist Yang Jae-hoon said, "Logically, it is true that eating breakfast after having a hearty dinner the night before would raise the chances of weight gain." Yang added, "We must stop believing that eating breakfast is healthy just because we've been taught that in school."

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