Skipping breakfast leads to clear nutritional gaps

A study in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society​​​ found that adults who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to miss out on a number of important nutrients.

The researchers found that those skipping breakfast, compared to those who regularly ate breakfast, were more likely to be deficient in:

  • iron,
  • calcium,
  • folate, and
  • vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, and D.

The findings, based on data from 30,889 adults in the U.S., also showed that those who regularly skipped breakfast had diets higher in

  • added sugars,
  • carbohydrates, and
  • total fat intake,

in part because they had higher levels of snacking.

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