Importance of Breakfast and its Benefits Breakfast is the first meal of the day, and it’s the one that’ll get you up and moving with energy, of course, even better with a
cup of….milk! (You were probably thinking coffee, huh?) Even on busy mornings, you can’t let breakfast fall out of your list of priorities. Breakfast provides many benefits to our health and wellbeing. Breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism, and, thus, helps you burn more calories throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you tell your body that there are plenty of calories to be had for the day. When you skip breakfast, the message that your body gets is that it needs to conserve rather than burn any incoming calories. When you wake up, the blood sugar your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best is usually low. Breakfast helps replenish it. If your body doesn’t get that fuel from food, you might lose all the energy you have, actually and you’ll be more likely to overeat later in the day. Most nutritionists advise that breakfast should be eaten within 2 hours of waking and a healthy breakfast should provide calories in the range of 20-35% of your guideline daily allowance. (GDA: nutrition facts label) Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron, and B vitamins as well as proteins and fiber.
On average, people who eat breakfast are thinner than those who don’t. That could be because eating foods with protein and fiber in the morning keeps your appetite in check for the rest of the day. When you don’t eat breakfast, you eat later that day, and you are most likely to eat snacks every little while, making you gain weight.
Breakfast also restores your glucose levels, an essential carbohydrate that is needed in order for the brain to function correctly. Eating breakfast can improve memory and concentration levels and it can also make us happier as it can improve mood levels and lower the stress. For kids, breakfast seems to improve grades, attainment, and behavior. Just like any other organ in the body, the brain needs energy to work at its best. Resist pastries and doughnuts. Your best bet is a mix of foods that have carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Carbs will give you energy right away while protein will give you it later on and fiber keeps you feeling full. Take care of yourself and eat every meal you should: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.