Breakfast could be the most important meal of the day

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Breakfast: the most important meal of the day 

We often hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but is this the case? New research suggests that the time we eat may affect our risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Early breakfast, early dinner

Eating breakfast after 9 a.m. increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 59% compared to people who eat breakfast before 8 a.m. This is the main finding from a study in France involving more than 100,000 participants. We know that meal timing plays a key role in regulating circadian rhythms that affect our metabolism. In this french study, participants filled in online dietary records of what they ate and drank including the timing of their meals. The research team assessed these dietary records for the first two years of follow-up and looked for any changes in health over the following seven years.

We are when we eat

Over time more than 900 people developed diabetes. The risk was much higher for people who ate breakfast after 9 a.m compared to those who ate breakfast before 8 am. It also seems that having a late dinner is bad for your health and eating more often (usually meaning smaller meals) is better in the long run.. In this study, prolonged fasting was only beneficial if it included having an early breakfast and an early dinner.

Overall, this new research suggests that we should eat our breakfast before 8 am and dinner before 7 pm if we wish to avoid type 2 diabetes.We can reduce the risk of diabetes not only by changing what we eat, but also when we eat it.