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Breakfast Improves Overall Diet Quality and May Help with Weight Management
Date:11/11/2008

a breakfast pastry would have more calories per gram (more energy dense) than a bowl of oatmeal and glass of 100% orange juice.

"One simple way to choose breakfast items that are low in energy density is to immediately increase the ratio of high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your morning meal. These foods are less packed with calories, but nutrient-rich, providing a concentrated amount of valuable nutrients to start your day off right," says Jeff George, vice president of research and development at Quaker Oats.

The study examined the breakfast choices and dietary patterns of a nationally representative sample of 12,000 adults using the most recent National Health and Nutrition Evaluation Survey (NHANES) datasets from 1999- 2004 for analyses. Researchers calculated and compared the energy density values for all reported breakfasts and total 24-hour diets among both breakfast eaters and non-eaters.

This research further contributes to the growing body of literature that demonstrates consuming the right foods for breakfast may help with weight management and improve dietary quality. Without breakfast, key nutrients determined by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are often under-consumed in the daily diet. So it turns out that the recommendation that our mothers gave us is correct - eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day - and choosing more filling and less calorie-dense options at breakfast can make it even more essential for health and well being.

This research was funded by the Breakfast Research Institute (BRI) http://www.breakfastresearchinstitute.org which is dedicated to exploring the health benefits of regular breakfast consumption. The BRI is sponsored by Quaker and Tropicana, manufacturers of commonly consumed breakfast foods and beverages, and is managed by the Rippe Lifestyle Institute.

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