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New research indicates that for some people, breakfast may be a waste of time

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Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day. As a kid, I’d pour myself one heaping bowl of Life cereal, then another, lingering at the table while I read a book. My breakfast is much healthier now — I make probably the best scrambled eggs you’ll ever have, and my love of Shredded Wheat ( frosted!) is practically an obsession — but I still rely on it, every single morning, to get me up and going.

My adoration of breakfast and semi-healthyish approach to it was heavily bolstered by the belief that I was doing something absolutely essential…


The bottom line on morning fare

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For years, the conventional wisdom has held that not only is a good breakfast vital, but it’s also the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast promotes overall better health, the thinking goes. Some experts advise that eating an early morning meal boosts metabolism and helps people lose weight over time.

Science isn’t so sure about all that. Neither is Tim Spector, a professor of genetics at King’s College London and author of . “Breakfast has no special importance — other than being the first time you eat after…

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