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The Story of Breakfast, Part 2


Terence Kealey, MD and Ph.D., dispels common myths about breakfast and explains how the confusion of association with causation — confusion perpetuated by researchers who are in league with the breakfast industry — may be exaggerating the benefits of our matutinal meal and negatively affecting our metabolic health. Kealey also shares his breakfast recommendations for the general population as well as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics.

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John Miller
February 12th, 2020 at 5:13 pm
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Sounds like only smart people eat breakfast. Lol

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jr Wild
February 8th, 2020 at 9:10 am
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Most of Dr. Kealey's good points can be agreed upon, but...

I compared the sugar content by weight of blueberries (12,5%) and strawberries (8%) and peeled orange (8,9%) to greek natural yoghurt (5%). The yoghurt has also 4% protein (56% out of which affects to insulin reaction). I fail to see a problem with this little lactose (+protein) compared to glucose/fructose of these berries. Yoghurt has 10% of fat, so it comes with the "cream" that slows down the absorbtion. Maybe flavoured yoghurt was meant to be avoided in the article?

My "brunch" often includes natural yoghurt with forest blueberries. I like it so much it must be justified.


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Terence Kealey
February 10th, 2020 at 3:35 pm

Thank you for that last comment. Berries do have surprisingly little sugar for fruit that taste so sweet, but you're right that, of the berries (including strawberries, blackberries and raspberries), blueberries, which taste the least sweet, have the most sugar. I eat berries with cream, rather than yogurt, because of the sugar-free nature of cream, and my blood glucose seem not to rise significantly after I eat berries, presumably because of the fiber content, but you're right about the relative sugar contents of yogurt and berries, which is why I personally sprinkle my berries on a portion of sourcream (when I'm eating such a dish) rather than dribble fluid cream over a mass of berries.

Thanks for bringing that out!

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Semma Burba
February 8th, 2020 at 2:45 am
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“One of the greatest of nutritional crime scenes is the sight of people who are not hungry forcing themselves to eat breakfast out of a misplaced sense of dietary duty” <== Yes! Enjoyed this article and reconsidering some of the things I’ve been doing with my breakfast. Thanks!

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Semma Burba
February 8th, 2020 at 2:41 am
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Thanks for helping me grow in a lot of ways, Never read this poem before and had to do some digging to understand it. Ha!

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Katina Thornton
February 8th, 2020 at 2:12 am
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Here lies the juxtaposition of time-restricted feeding and a calorie is not a calorie. The only way I have been able to reconcile this is to realize that although a calorie is not a calorie and different sourcers of calories elicit different hormonal signals, a calorie is still energy. Energy not used is energy stored. If too much energy is eaten, well you know. Thus, we should still follow the less well-mentioned CrossFit L1 recommendation of keeping intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. If that looks like time restricted feeding for you, than you should do that. If it looks like three meals a day for you, then you should do that instead. I don't think there is a one-size fits all, as long as you understand the mechanics behind it. But regardless of what is best for you, highly processed carbohydrates have no place in your diet. Of that, I will always hold firm.

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Embriette Hyde
February 10th, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Absolutely! I couldn't have said it better. I don't believe we have enough research on the 8 hour window -- particularly among the generally healthy population rather than the population with a specific disease etiology -- to recommend it generally. I follow time-restricted feeding, but I follow a 14 hour fast -- 10 hour eat window. I also don't suffer from diabetes, obesity, Metabolic syndrome, etc. and have been pretty healthy my entire life, so I haven't expected to experience weight loss, etc. from this diet. I was borderline hypoglycemic, and now I no longer am, but the mental/psychological benefits (which drove me to try time restricted feeding in the first place) have been even more noticeable (i.e. not hungry all of the time, better self control when it comes to food, never hangry anymore). Lots of nuances, everyone is different -- everyone has to find was maximally works for them, taking into account physical and emotional factors.

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