The idea that breakfast is the most important meal of the day has little scientific basis according to nutritionists at the University of Bath.
The team say their research shows it makes little difference if we eat a breakfast or not. Many people have been told by their doctors that eating a hearty breakfast is healthier and helps to keep obesity at bay but again, researchers found no evidence for this.
The team at Bath said that many assumptions about the importance of the breakfast meal had never been scientifically tested. They asked one group of people to eat a 700-calorie breakfast and a second group of people to eat just water until lunchtime. Those who fasted before lunch ate more but the calorific intake was lower than the sum of both lunch and a 700 calorie breakfast.