by Kasmiah Mustapha
Breakfast may indeed be the most important meal of the day — as long as it constitutes low-calorie foods which translate into a high quality diet.
A study has found that breakfast foods low in energy density (lower calories for a given amount of food) appear to predict better food choices for the day and may help with weight management.
The findings, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, noted that fruits, vegetables and high-fibre whole grains, for example, are low in energy density, while Danish pastries and doughnuts have a high energy density.
The study supports previous studies that breakfast-eaters are less likely to be overweight and that eating a high-quality breakfast is the key to fighting obesity.
It also said men who ate a healthy breakfast generally weighed less. Women who ate breakfast, regardless of the food involved, tended to weigh less than those who did not.
Overall, people who ate a low energy-density breakfast the previous day were likely to choose lower-calorie foods for the day. They also had a higher-quality diet and ate a variety of foods.
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