Is Breakfast Really The Most Important Meal Of The Day?
You’ve probably heard the common saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but have you ever wondered if that is actually true? Starting your day without eating breakfast means that your body is running on empty, as you need food to fuel your mind and body for a new day. While many people put eating breakfast low on their list of priorities before leaving for work or school, it’s important to eat something within two hours of waking for a healthy and productive day.
Nutrients and Vitamins
A healthy breakfast will provide you with energy and essential nutrients that your body needs after a long night of sleep. Many breakfast foods are good sources of nutrients such as calcium, iron, B vitamins, protein, and fiber. When you skip breakfast and miss out on these nutrients, it’s less likely that you’ll get the suggested amount of nutrients for the day. Even if you really don’t feel hungry when you wake up, drinking a glass of orange juice or grabbing a banana for the road allows you to get those essential vitamins and minerals.
Did you know that those who eat breakfast regularly are less likely to be overweight? This is because when people skip breakfast, they are likely very hungry by mid-morning and reach for fatty or sugary snacks to fill them up quickly. With a healthy breakfast, you shouldn’t be hungry until lunch time, allowing you to stay away from unhealthy snacks.
Memory and Concentration
After hours of no food, your brain needs energy to work it’s best. Breakfast restores glucose levels, which is crucial for the brain to function properly. Studies show that eating breakfast also improves memory and concentration levels, and improves our general well-being by improving mood and lowering stress levels. Breakfast is especially important for children, as eating in the morning improves behavior and is even linked to improving grades in school.
Regarding long-term health, eating a healthy breakfast can help to reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. With all of these benefits, it’s safe to say that breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day!
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