‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ is a maxim many of us heard from our parents, who probably got it from their parents.

We’re told breakfast is vital because it maintains blood glucose levels and our metabolism.

As adults, we know this. Impressing the importance on small kids, however, can be an be an uphill struggle.

Yet we all persevere, because kids are still growing and developing, arguably making it even more crucial that they eat a healthy breakfast, right?

Professor Kealey says children should not be forced to eat breakfast

Biochemist Professor Terence Kealey, conversely, would like to challenge this belief.

Professor Kealey, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, has examined the evidence which supports the theory that breakfast is important for EVERYONE.

His diagnosis?

“The idea that you should force them to eat breakfast is a form of child abuse.”

Some cereals aren’t actually that healthy

Professor Kealey used to have type 2 diabetes and claims he rid himself of the condition by ceasing to eat breakfast.

He had noticed soon after his diagnosis that after eating breakfast, his glucose levels were too high.

However, the author of the book, Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal noted that his glucose levels remained normal if he had a late breakfast, or skipped it altogether.

This is a familiar scenario for many parents

In his book, he targets most cereals has being a health risk, explaining how they are made largely of carbohydrates and sugar, and “it’s hard to think of a worse morning meal.”

As for children, according the Daily Mail, Professor Kealey claims “studies showing children getting better exam results after being given breakfast at school are misleading.”

He also suggested that rather than help students’ brain function, the free breakfasts given by some schools found in deprived areas reduce truancy rates.

Professor’s advice flies in the face of conventional wisdom

When asked what parents should do about giving a child breakfast, he said: “I would let the kids decide for themselves if they want breakfast. Lots of kids don’t want to eat breakfast.

“If you’re worried, give them anAPPLE or something, but the idea that you should force them to eat breakfast is a form of child abuse.”

Professor Kealey’s advice and claims certainly differ to the conventional wisdom around breakfast and, as such, others have been sceptical.