Ask anybody and they will tell you, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While this notion is common knowledge, widely accepted by everyone everywhere, one can’t help but raise the question – why?
What makes breakfast more important than lunch, dinner or that forbidden, but favorite, midnight snack?
First off, let’s examine the word itself, break-fast. This meal comes after hours of sleep and fasting, and kick-starts your day by breaking the nightly fast. Every morning, you wake up with lower levels of blood sugar, required to help your body function. Breakfast is the meal that helps you replenish those levels and allows your brain and muscles to function at full capacity.
In addition, breakfast is a critical part of your metabolism and eating habits. By eating a good meal in the morning, you get your metabolism working, enabling a more efficient calorie-burn throughout the day. Also, you are much more likely to overeat throughout the day if you skip breakfast, due to a serious lack of energy that you’ll experience in the afternoon.
Besides being most important thanks to its timing, breakfast is also very important because of the important nutrients you normally consume during this meal. Food groups such as dairy, grains, fruits and even protein are closely associated with breakfast. Skipping this meal may lead to missing some of the important nutrients and vitamins found in these foods. In fact, research has shown that those who consistently eat breakfast are more likely to be fit, as oppose to the likely overweight breakfast skippers.
The nutrients, vitamins and minerals commonly found in breakfast food is very important for the body, especially for the growing body of a child. Calcium, found in dairy products, is vital for bone growth and strength. Protein, from eggs, dairy or fish is important for your muscle strength throughout the day. Glucose and natural sugars help give your body energy to start the day the right way, as well as helping cognitive function of the brain. Other important breakfast nutrients include vitamins B and C, Iron and Fiber.
Last but not least, breakfast makes us happy! Studies have shown that eating breakfast improves our mood, lowers stress levels and even can improve memory and concentration. Among students, breakfast is directly linked to levels of attention, behavior and performance in school. Personally, I happen to find breakfast to be the most delicious meal of the day – another reason to be happy with breakfast!
So, for those of you who have a hard time waking up in the morning, usually running out of the house with a shoe in hand and no time left on the clock to grab a bite, perhaps now you’ll realize the importance of the morning meal. Set your clock a couple minutes earlier and get into the healthy habit of eating breakfast… as the saying goes – “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper!”