Breakfast: The most important meal

July 25, 2017Diabetes Care

Breakfast: The most important meal

July 25, 2017
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Breakfast is the first meal of the day that people usually take. The word “Breakfast”, means “breaking the fast” as one has not eaten since the night before; make it a habit…NO EXCUSES!!!

Research shows that breakfast is a key factor in influencing a kid’s and adult’s physical and intellectual performance for the whole day. So, missing your breakfast is not normal and you have to eat your breakfast. It is indeed the most important meal of the day. Kids need it to learn, to play, and to go to school and adults need the same to work the whole day. We need to fill up our bellies so that we can get going for the day as we have already spent 8-10 hours without eating.

When kids eat breakfast they do better in school, they have a better memory. Eating breakfast gets your morning started on the right track. It helps you keep your energy up and make healthier eating choices throughout the day. Without breakfast, your body feels sluggish and you lack energy.

Imagine you’re a car. After a long night of sleeping, your fuel tank is empty. Breakfast is the fuel that gets you going so you can hit the road. Perhaps you can putt along, but your muscles and brain will be sputtering until you give them some energy.

There is an association between breakfast and brain chemicals that are released. When we eat carbohydrate rich foods like cereals, toast, etc., serotonin is released and that improves our mood and concentration and has a calming effect. When we eat protein foods like egg, milk, paneer, etc., dopamine and non-epinephrine are released and that helps us be more alert and improves our memory, alertness and grasping abilities.

Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast can help give you:

  1. A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
  2. Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
  3. More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
  4. Lower cholesterol level

Thus we can conclude that “a balanced breakfast is a good investment of your time and one can take his/her own time to eat a large breakfast.” Once you get into the routine of eating a healthy breakfast every day, you will stop feeling hungry by noon. Plan wisely for a healthy breakfast. Many ready to eat cereals have added refined sugar, often hidden. Read labels cautiously to select cereals prepared without excessive sugar, salt, fat, and additives.

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