The Importance Of Breakfast
I think it’s quite important to understand the importance of breakfast. It really is – for reasons you’ll see below – the most important meal of the day.
Breakfast provides the nutrients that are not always made up for in meals and snacks later on in the day. Starting the day with breakfast benefits every member of the family – providing nutrients for your brain and body. Skipping breakfast may leave you feeling tired, restless or irritable in the morning.
Here are some of the benefits of eating breakfast
- Fuels the body to help provide energy.
- Better concentration and problem solving throughout the day.
- Children who eat breakfast perform better at school, are more likely to participate in physical activities and are healthier overall.
- Better mood and memory.
- Helps you feel less stressed and calmer.
- Heightens your sense of well-being - you’ll be in better control of your emotions.
- Important for weight loss and weight management. You ‘break the fast’ which helps curb hunger and prevents binge eating later in the day,
- A great way to get more fibre in your diet - by eating whole grains and fresh fruit.
It's easy to ignore the why breakfast is important. Many people don’t feel hungry enough to eat breakfast in the morning. This is more than likely because of eating a big meal late at night. What happens is when you go to sleep; your body is still working hard at digesting and hasn’t had chance to rest during the night. So it doesn’t feel much like digesting a big breakfast. A good idea is to eat earlier – at least 2 hours before going to bed.
Here are some effects of skipping breakfast
- Short attention span
- Lack of alertness
- Longer reaction time
- Low blood sugar
- Decreased work productivity
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