There is something very wrong about the idea of “canceling” a whole meal of the day, and it might not be why you think.

Earlier this year, Dr. Oz shared his belief that we should “ban” breakfast. He claims that it’s “an advertising ploy.”

The debate about whether or not you should eat breakfast has long raged among diet and nutrition experts (and more than a few quacks), but it’s time to set the record straight about why the question isn’t so easy to answer.

We’ve discussed earlier the fallacy of breakfast being the “most important meal” of the day. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be valuable — or even essential — for some people.

No matter what the research shows about intermittent fasting and its benefits for your health, the truth is that no one meal of the day is going to make or break your diet … but only if you pay close attention to some very important facts.

In this episode of That’s Healthy, Right? we get to the bottom of the debate about why arbitrarily removing any particular meal from your diet is junk science.

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We Have Been Asking the Wrong Question about Breakfast — That’s Healthy, Right? Podcast

Eating breakfast won’t help you lose weight, but skipping it might not either — Harvard Medical School

Effect of breakfast on weight and energy intake: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials — The BMJ

Breakfast Is Not the Most Important Meal — Born Fitness

The role of breakfast In the treatment of obesity: a randomized clinical trial

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

The effectiveness of breakfast recommendations on weight loss: a randomized controlled trial — The American Journal of  Clinical Nutrition

The causal role of breakfast in energy balance and health: A randomized controlled trial in lean adults — The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

The Effects of Breakfast and Breakfast Composition on Cognition in Adults — Advances in Nutrition

'Dessert with breakfast diet' helps avoid weight regain by reducing cravings — Science Daily

Is Breakfast Really Good For You? Here’s What the Science Says — Time 

Skipping breakfast associated with higher risk of cardiovascular death — University of Iowa College of Public Health

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