(CBSNEWS) — Recent research out of Harvard suggests men who skip breakfast are far more likely to have a heart attack or die from heart disease. The news gave nutritionists reason to re-sound the alarm to remind people to not miss out on the “most important meal of the day.”

But, Cornell University scientists earlier this month found skipping breakfast might in fact be a healthy way to lose weight.

“The trend in American society is that the population — particularly young adults — is gaining weight, about one pound a year,” said that study’s co-author Carly R. Pacanowski, a doctoral candidate in the field of nutritional sciences at Cornell. “So the population needs strategies to help them prevent weight gain. We need to revisit the assumption that we must always eat breakfast, and learn if we really need to eat breakfast all the time.”

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