Kids who eat cereal for breakfast have lower BMI

Jason Owen

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now, a recently released study offers yet another reason: Children who start their day with a cereal breakfast—even if that cereal is presweetened—tend to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) and less chance of being overweight or obese than children who eat other breakfasts or who skip the meal entirely.

The study was published in peer-reviewed healthcare journal Infant, Child & Adolescent Nutrition (ICAN).

“The benefits of cereal breakfast extend beyond low BMI,” said Kevin B. Miller, PhD, a senior nutrition scientist at Kellogg Company’s W.K. Kellogg Institute for Food and Nutrition and one of the researchers who conducted the study. “A serving of cereal and milk provides kids with protein and four important nutrients they often don’t get enough of: fiber, calcium, Vitamin D and potassium.”

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