The most important meal of the day.

Plus: Juul pays the price for targeting young teens.

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— Will Rogers

The Daily Tonic is a two to five minute read sharing science backed health news and tips, all while getting you to crack a smile or even lol on occasion.

Friday. Good news for muggles and butterbeer fans — HBO Max announced they are launching a new Harry Potter series! Each book will be adapted into an entire season, and the complete series will run for a decade. Speaking of Harry Potter, have you ever wondered what kind of breakfast wizards and witches enjoy in the morning? Is breakfast the most important meal of the day for wizards and muggles alike? Or is it better to just skip it? Let’s dive in.

Oatmeal For Breakfast 

Let’s talk breakfast. Or should I say, let’s talk about the most neglected meal of the day. What once used to be the most important meal of the day, more people skip breakfast today than ever before. They skip it because we all live busy lives, and intermittent fasting is cool.  Today, breakfast is like the “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of emails — nobody ever clicks it, but it’s always there. (Don’t even think about it.) 

According to the USDA, nobody really skips dinner, but we skip breakfast an average of four days a week. And when we do eat breakfast, it’s usually a rushed afterthought that turns unhealthy. A bowl of sugary kid’s cereal as we respond to emails or a quick granola or protein bar full of sugar and sketchy ingredients. No bueno. 

Now, I know mornings are busy, and only TikTok influencers and work-from-home types have time to orchestrate a healthy breakfast. Who has time to make a beautifully lit and photographed veggie scramble topped with something called microgreens or blend a complicated wellness smoothie? Not me, that’s for sure. I have a newsletter to crank out every morning. 

That said, new research suggests that getting intentional around breakfast might have some metabolic advantages. Eating more of our food earlier in the day can lead us to move more throughout the day, improving our health (the catch is that we can’t then also eat a big dinner).

So, how do we eat a decent breakfast that flows seamlessly into our busy mornings? It turns out that the perfect answer is nothing fancy. It’s popular among toothless infants and geriatrics. It takes two minutes to prepare and costs about .33 cents. Just one cup has more iron than a serving of steak, more fiber than half a cup of beans, and more protein than an egg. 

The answer is oatmeal. Oatmeal is a superfood that can boost energy and performance. It’s relatively high in all components of a complete meal: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. And it’s not just any fiber; it’s a superpowered fiber called beta-glucan that can lower the risk of heart disease, stabilize blood sugar levels, and even improve immunity.

And it’s super high in minerals, packed with calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese. Basically, oats are like the Swiss army knife of mineral-rich foods. 

The key takeaway? There is some merit to intermittent fasting if that approach works for you. That said, skipping breakfast could lead to bigger problems later in the day. If you aren’t starting your day with a proper meal, you could end up overeating later in the day.

 So, the next time you reach for that sugary granola bar on the way to work, think twice and give oatmeal a chance. It may not be Instagram-worthy, but it’s a legit superfood that can keep you going throughout the day. Plus, it’s cheap and easy to make, so what have you got to lose?

Together with Gundry MD 

You need to watch this video.  

Top Heart Surgeon: This Simple Trick Helps Empty Your Bowels Every Morning

According to world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry, virtually  everything we’ve been taught about “health foods” is wrong. Many so-called “health foods” in the American diet, he says, contain a potentially dangerous substance that could be clogging your gut and expanding your waistline.

Shockingly — he’s not talking about pre-packaged, ultra-processed foods. He’s talking about a dangerous substance found in certain fruits and vegetables — even organic ones — that could be ruining your gut, your joints, and your waistline.

Now, after years of research, Dr. Gundry has decided to release an informative video to the public — free and uninterrupted — showcasing exactly which foods you need to avoid.

Juul Pays Up 

Juul’s legal battles are not looking good. The e-cigarette company has agreed to pay $462 million to settle claims by several states, including California and New York, that it marketed its products to young teens. 

This is the largest settlement Juul has made yet, and it’s part of their ongoing efforts to put their legal troubles behind them. So far, Juul has paid nearly $3 billion in settlements to states, territories, individuals, and local governments. 

However, there’s still an ongoing trial in Minnesota, so this issue is far from over. 

On the bright side, it looks like Juul’s legal team is really earning their keep these days! So congrats to them. 

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