A recent study, presented at  the Neuroscience 2012 conference and featured today on BBC News, gives us just one more reason not to skip the most important meal of the day – breakfast.

Though the study had a relatively small sample size (21 people), the results of brain scans from the participants show that skipping breakfast makes fatty, high calorie foods appear far more attractive later in the day.  Although this may seem to be a logical conclusion, the study revealed what processes are going on in the brain when the decision of what to eat is made.

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Skipping breakfast primes the brain to seek out fat

By James GallagherHealth and science reporter, BBC News

The researchers said skipping breakfast created a “bias” in the brain in favour of high calorie foods.

The results, presented at the Neuroscience 2012 conference, showed the brain changed how it responded to pictures of high calorie foods, but not low calorie foods, when breakfast was skipped.

They showed part of the brain thought to be involved in “food appeal”, the orbitofrontal cortex, became more active on an empty stomach.

Read the full article here.