There's a lot of buzz about breakfast being the most important meal of the day and new research suggests that how you eat it may be just as important.
For most, a "family meal" means dinner but gathering for family breakfast may be just as, if not more, beneficial, according to a new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition And Dietetics.
Researchers found that teens who ate breakfast with their families every day were more likely to be at a healthy weight and had diets with higher levels of key nutrients found in milk, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
While most Americans fall short of the recommended servings of milk each day, family breakfast eaters met the recommendations. They and had an average of an extra half glass of milk each day when compared to those who never ate breakfast with their family.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota used data collected from more than 2,500 middle and high school students to analyze how often teens had a family meal at breakfast. They compared those numbers to overall diet quality and body mass index (BMI).