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Effect of breakfast on weight and energy intake: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l42 (Published 30 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l42
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Breakfast—the most important meal of the day?

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Re: Effect of breakfast on weight and energy intake: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. But what about fibre and fasting?

Two additional points:

Missing breakfast loses an easy source of fibre, a thing we are commonly short of and increasingly seen as important both directly and indirectly via the gut Microbiome and the production of medium chain fatty acids, etc.

Secondly there is increasing evidence that overnight -13 hr - fasting is good for breast and other cancers (1) and with an early start hard to do if eating breakfast. So pros and cons.

(1) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/fullarticle/2506710

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 February 2019
nicholas j sharvill
GP
Deal Kent UK