Recorded Webinar: The Science Behind Breakfast: An Up-to-Date Review

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 4020, 4030, 9020, 9050; Level 2

It's frequently referred to as "the most important meal of the day." But why? Although the benefits of breakfast are frequently discussed and widely studied, these discussions and studies are based on varied concepts of the term "breakfast." Because there is no common consensus as to the standard constituents of a quality breakfast, misunderstandings relating to breakfast are more common than many dietitians may realize. This webinar provides an up-to-date review of the scientific literature relating to the benefits of breakfast. In the context of this discussion, our presenters examine the differences in the meal components on which studies have been conducted. They provide an overview of proposed criteria of a quality breakfast that can be used by both researchers and nutrition professionals.

The live version of this webinar was presented by Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, PhD, RD, FAND, and Holley Grainger, MS, RD, on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 2 pm EDT. This recorded version is approved for one hour of continuing education credit. RDs should list code 175, Recorded Pre-Approved Self-Study Materials, for this activity type.

This complimentary 1-credit continuing education webinar is brought to you with support from Kellogg's. Please note that Kellogg's provided financial support only and did not have input into the information provided in this course. Carol Byrd-Bredbenner serves as a member of Kellogg’s Breakfast Council; Holley Grainger has served as a consultant to Kellogg’s, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, McCormick & Co., Beech-Nut, National Dairy Council, National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board, National Onion Association, and Alliance for Potato Research & Education. View our disclosure policy.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be better able to:

  1. Describe the health and cognitive benefits of eating breakfast.
  2. Summarize breakfast eating trends.
  3. Discuss strategies for improving breakfast research and consumer communications.
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imageCarol Byrd-Bredbenner, PhD, RD, FAND, is Professor of Nutrition/Extension Specialist in the Nutritional Sciences Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Byrd-Bredbenner's research focuses on elucidating the role of cognitive and environmental factors on nutrition behaviors and health outcomes and developing recommendations for nutrition communications and health promotion interventions. Dr. Byrd-Bredbenner served on the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease Expert Panel for the development of Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy. She has received teaching awards from the American Dietetic Association, Society for Nutrition Education, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also was a Fellow of the United Nations, World Health Organization at the WHO Collaborating Center for Nutrition Education, University of Athens, Greece. She completed her undergraduate work at Florida State University and received her doctorate from Pennsylvania State University.

imageHolley Grainger, MS, RD, is a nationally recognized nutrition and lifestyle expert, who has instructed millions of home cooks on how to make simple, fast and healthy meals through her online videos, media appearances and writing. Holley was recognized by the College of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama in 2010 with the Professional Achievement Award in Dietetics and by the Alabama Dietetic Association as the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year in 2009. Holley is an honors graduate from The University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition, and completed her dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Holley has been featured in hundreds of television and radio segments nationwide including Dr. Oz, The Doctor's, NBC's Today Show and Weekend Today, CBS's The Early Show, TBS Movie and a Makeover, Fox News Channel, CNN, and others.

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