Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and yet, for many people, a quick cup of coffee and a slice of toast will do just fine, if that.

University of Missouri researchers say that people are doing themselves a disservice by not sitting down to a high protein breakfast since it can reduce the cravings for sweets and food loaded with fat.

According to the study, when breakfast is skipped, the cravings and desire to overeat rise during the course of the day.

Experts figured this out by examining the brain's dopamine levels when different breakfasts are eaten.  Dopamine, the chemical that moderates impulse and rewards, is released by food among other things.

When people forgo breakfast, the dopamine level is blunted, meaning it takes more food later on to satisfy the brain's need for reward.

Just remember, a high protein breakfast reduces that need as well as the impulse to grab a piece of food that's high in fat.