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WHY it is the most important meal of the day

Dec 03, 2014 02:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds
We have heard this platitude since Kellogg and Post first set up marketing departments. But it turns out that breakfast is a very important daily step in our nutritional health—now more than ever.

Regardless of the somewhat oxymoronic overtones, eating may just be the first step in the battle against obesity.

Researchers from the University of Missouri conducted a small study involving young women and found that eating breakfast increased levels of the brain’s reward chemical dopamine, which is involved in controlling impulses. As these levels increase, they appear to reduce food cravings and overeating, Medical News Today reported. The findings may suggest that understanding how dopamine changes in the brain may actually affect food cravings, could help us develop better ways to prevent and treat obesity.

One can’t help but wonder if the rise in obesity is related to the decline in Americans who eat breakfast every day?

--Sarah Hagerty
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