Debunked: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

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By Nick Cardona, Buzz60

For generations we've been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

The basic logic that countless parents drilled into our heads is pretty simple: eat a healthy breakfast every day and you'll lead a better, healthier and more productive life.

SEE ALSO: Chewing gum linked to stomach problems

Though parents hate being told they're wrong, science is calling their bluff.

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#24 - Malt-O-Meal Corn Bursts Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (31g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 120
Fat: 0g

Credit: Malt-O-Meal / amazon.com

#23 - Malt-O-Meal Tootie Fruities Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (32g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 130
Fat: 1g

Credit: Malt-O-Meal / amazon.com

#22 - Trader Joe's Low Fat Granola Cereal - Mixed Berry

Serving size: 0.8 cup (55g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 210
Fat: 3g

Credit: Trader Joe's / amazon.com

#21 - Barbara's Bakery Morning Oat Crunch Vanilla Almond Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (55g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 220
Fat: 3g

Credit: BARBARA'S / amazon.com

#20 - Nature Valley Chocolate Oat Clusters Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (58g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 240
Fat: 5g

Credit: Nature Valley / amazon.com

#19 - Quaker Real Medleys Steel Cut Oatmeal Cranberry Vanilla Almond Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (60g)

Total sugar: 15g
Calories: 240
Fat: 7g

Credit: Quaker Oats / quakeroats.com

#18 - Malt-O-Meal Berry Colossal Crunch with Marshmallows

Serving size: 1 cup (30g)

Total sugar: 16g
Calories: 120
Fat: 1.5g

Credit: Malt-O-Meal / amazon.com

#17 - Post Blueberry Morning Selects Cereal

Serving size: 1.3 cup (55g)

Total sugar: 16g
Calories: 220
Fat: 3g

Credit: Post / amazon.com

#16 - Cascadian Farm Organic Dark Chocolate Almond Granola

Serving size: 0.7 cup (60g)

Total sugar: 16g
Calories: 250
Fat: 5g

Credit: Cascadian Farm / amazon.com

#15 - Quaker Real Medleys Steel Cut Oatmeal Apple Pear Pecan Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (60g)

Total sugar: 16g
Calories: 250
Fat: 8g

Credit: Quaker Oats / quakeroats.com

#14 - Malt-O-Meal Chocolate Marshmallow Mateys

Serving size: 0.8 cup (30g)

Total sugar: 17g
Calories: 120
Fat: 1g

Credit: Malt-O-Meal / amazon.com

#13 - General Mills Total Raisin Bran

Serving size: 1 cup (53g)

Total sugar: 17g
Calories: 160
Fat: 1g

Credit: Shutterstock

#12 - Trader Joe's Organic Raisin Bran Clusters

Serving size: 1 cup (55g)

Total sugar: 17g
Calories: 190
Fat: 3g

Credit: Trader Joe's / amazon.com

#11 - Cheerios Protein Oats & Honey Cereal

Serving size: 1.3 cup (55g)

Total sugar: 17g
Calories: 210
Fat: 2.5g

Credit: Cheerios / cheerios.com

#10 - General Mills Oatmeal Crisp Hearty Raisin Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (62g)

Total sugar: 17g
Calories: 230
Fat: 2.5g

Credit: Oatmeal Crisp / amazon.com

#9 - Jenny Craig Frosted Oats Cereal

Serving size: 1 individual pack (43g)

Total sugar: 18g
Calories: 170
Fat: 1g

Credit: Jenny Craig / jennycraig.com

#8 - Nature Valley Protein Mixed Berry Crunch Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (58g)

Total sugar: 18g
Calories: 270
Fat: 4g

Credit: Nature Valley / amazon.com

#7 - Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal + Maple Pecan Raisin Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (70g)

Total sugar: 18g
Calories: 270
Fat: 7g

Credit: Quaker / amazon.com

#6 - Post Raisin Bran Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (59g)

Total sugar: 19g
Calories: 190
Fat: 1g

Credit: Post / postconsumerbrands.com

#5 - Quaker Real Medleys Supergrains Oatmeal + Banana Walnut Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (70g)

Total sugar: 19g
Calories: 280
Fat: 8g

Credit: Quaker / amazon.com

#4 - Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal + Peach Almond Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (75g)

Total sugar: 19g
Calories: 290
Fat: 7g

Credit: Quaker / amazon.com

#3 - Malt-O-Meal Raisin Bran Cereal

Serving size: 1 cup (59g)

Total sugar: 20g
Calories: 200
Fat: 1g

Credit: Malt-O-Meal / amazon.com

#2 - Cream of Wheat Cinna Apple Walnut Hot Cereal - To-Go Cup

Serving size: 1 Container (65g)

Total sugar: 22g
Calories: 260
Fat: 4g

Credit: Cream of Wheat / amazon.com

#1 - Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal + Apple Walnut Cereal

Serving size: 1 package (75g)

Total sugar: 22g
Calories: 290
Fat: 8g

Credit: Quaker / amazon.com

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Countless studies have been done on the benefits of breakfast, and what they found is a little more complicated than what countless cartoon spokespeople would have you believe.

As Aaron Carroll for the New York Times pointed out, a lot of the studies done on breakfast are bank rolled by the food industry.

Yes, there have been plenty of studies that show people who skip breakfast tend to put on weight but there's almost no proof that one causes the other.

Then there are all the studies that say kids who eat breakfast do better in school. However, that may have more to do with the fact that kids from wealthier homes eat breakfast more often.

So, while your parents will tell you to make sure to eat breakfast, the truth is they don't really have the science to back it up.

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