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From San Francisco, at the Experimental Biology 2006 meeting

Breakfast contributes significantly—and positively—to the quality of U.S. diets, a new survey finds. On average, it offers just 17 percent of the day's calories but provides a quarter of the day's recommended intake of dairy foods, 28 percent of the day's recommended intake of fruit, 20 percent of recommended grains, and up to 30 percent of the recommended intake of most vitamins and minerals—independent of any dietary supplements taken in the morning.

However, the analysis shows, on any given day, one in five people forgoes this meal. About one-third of teens, 20-somethings, and blacks skip breakfast.

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