New panel sets you up for the day

The internationally-renowned nutritionist from Newcastle University is part of a new UK panel of experts who have been brought together to help us understand why eating breakfast is so important to our health.

Despite the fact that most health professionals recognise breakfast as the most important meal of the day, skipping it is common practice in Europe.

Britons skip breakfast over 30 per cent of the time, equivalent to 113 breakfasts per year.  Among teenagers the rate is even higher with almost half of all young people regularly skipping that all-important first meal of the day.

Professor Seal said the role of The Breakfast Panel was not only to inform and educate but also to carry out further research to help us understand more about how eating breakfast can boost our long-term health.

He explains: “It is generally accepted that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – after several hours without food, the body literally needs to ‘break the fast’ to renew our energy reserves and re-fuel the brain and body.

“There’s also growing evidence to suggest that people who eat a healthy breakfast are less likely to be overweight; that it improves our concentration levels – particularly in children – and that it reduces the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

“The aim of the panel is to look more closely at some of these potential health benefits while acting as breakfast ambassadors.”

Professor Chris Seal
Prof of Food & Human Nutrition

published on: 19th November 2009