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Is Breakfast Overrated?

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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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Not so fast. The reason they call it breakfast is because you are “breaking an overnight fast”. The body is running on cortisol, and the glycogen stores in the liver are completely depleted by supplying the brain energy via release of stored glucose while you were sleeping. Unless you think two cups of coffee rich in caffeine is a great breakfast, I would recommend that you make this the ideal time to refuel the body.

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