Is breakfast over-rated?

Recent studies indicate benefits from fasting … and, breakfast may be on the chopping block.


From the WSJ

For years, conventional wisdom has been “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper.”


But, recent research suggests that intermittent fasting (aka.  time-restricted eating) may be a better route to weight loss and improved health .

Specifically, some doctors are advising patients to omit either dinner or breakfast, so that they don’t ingest any food for at least 14 hours at a stretch.

Here’s why…


The scientific logic

When we eat, our body releases insulin.

That disrupts the process of autophagy (from the Greek, meaning “self-devouring”), by which cells deconstruct old, damaged components in order to release energy and build new molecules.

Autophagy helps to counteract the aging of cells and builds immunity.

Fasts stimulate autophagy and allow the full molecular process to take place

Among the potential health benefits of simulated autophagy:

A significantly lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s … linked to fasting-induced increases in the best-known nerve growth factor, BDNF.

A reduced recurrence of cancer. For example,  one study found that women who fasted for 13 hours nightly had 26% less risk of recurrence than the control group … possibly because cancer cells are less able than normal cells to survive a lack of sugar.

Relief for an array of chronic conditions. diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatism, bowel diseases, migraines and osteoarthritis

The entire WSJ article is worth reading…


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