Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Higher-fat Breakfast May Help With Weight Management

Source: ScienceDaily (Summary by NIM)

It's often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Indeed, breakfast literally puts an end to your sleep-induced fast and kick-starts your metabolism for a new day. It's important to make healthy choices at breakfast time, as it sets the agenda for the rest of the day's eating habits. Now, researchers believe that the first thing you eat in the morning determines how your body will handle metabolizing different nutrients throughout the day.

In a new study, researchers have found in mice that if they eat a carbohydrate-rich breakfast, they preferentially metabolize carbs throughout the day for use as fuel. They also found that mice fed a higher-fat breakfast tended to use more fat as fuel throughout the day. The mice who ate a higher-fat breakfast had a lighter lunch and dinner whereas the mice who had a higher-carb breakfast ate a higher-fat dinner; these mice were also bigger, had more body fat and also showed signs of metabolic syndrome. The researchers wanted to stress the fact that even though the mice ate the same foods throughout the day, the timing of these foods plays an important role in weight maintenance.

Now don't take this as a green light to devour extra bacon and butter in the a.m. Remember, there are good fats and bad fats! In sum, individuals wishing to shed some extra pounds from fat might consider consuming a slightly higher-fat breakfast by adding in some nuts or seeds or even olive oil to a bowl of oatmeal or other complex-carb and protein-containing breakfast
(Muesli is a great example of such a balanced meal) and cutting down on fats and portion sizes later in the day.

To find out more about this study, check out the article called "Bacon or Bagels? Higher Fat at Breakfast May Be Healthier Than You Think". From Science Daily (Mar. 30, 2010)