A new study by scientists at Ohio University (USA) has found that adults who skip breakfast are not getting enough of the key nutrients that are most abundant in the foods that make up the morning meal.
The team analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which collects annual health information through interviews, lab tests and health screenings.
The sample for this study included 30,889 adults ages 19 and older. Among all participants, 15.2% reported regularly skipping breakfast.
A study published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society showed that people who routinely skip meals in the morning consume significantly less important vitamins and minerals (folic acid, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and D) than those who always eat breakfast.
We found that those who skip breakfast are significantly more likely not to reach even the lower threshold of the recommended daily allowance of nutrients,- says Stephanie Fanelli, one of the study’s authors.
Scientists recommend not skipping breakfast to get enough calcium, which is in dairy products, vitamin C and fibre found in fruits, and other vitamins and minerals rich in whole grains and cereals.