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Is Breakfast Really that Important?

Is Breakfast Really that Important?

The Science

The most important meal in the day is breakfast.  It helps set behaviors in place that can affect the overall health of an individual.  A study has shown those who eat breakfast generally had more energy to burn but were less likely to be obese1. It is also the first meal that gets metabolism going and awakens the cognitive process. Psychology when you begin your day with a positive outlook, it will help to steer and determines the course of the rest of the day. This can have huge consequence if you have a child. They are in a growing state and skipping breakfast can delay development, cause decline in attention and memory not only over the morning but consistently done, can cause a deficiency in health2.

Breakfast shouldn’t be ignored, the nutritional aspect:

Regardless of age skipping breakfast can slow down your day. Imagine having a sluggish morning, and finally feeling better by lunch, at which point you you are half-way done with the day. You are then trying to make the rest of the day count instead of having fulled utilized your time. Additionally traditional breakfast has always been centered around nutritional foods that aren’t excess in calories. This is probably the takeaway of why breakfast is important. Take for example orange juice, cereal, fruits like banana and peanut butter and jelly. They jumpstart the appepite for lunch while giving the body fuel to go on in the morning. Individual examined, like a puzzle, each ingredient is loaded with keys to unlock your health. Orange juice is chock full of vitaminc C, most cereals have lots of fiber and protein, and foods like bananas have serotonin to give you your chemical balance.

What does it look like?

This video will outline a sample portion for your morning. Note how simple it is and balanced it can be.





Rampersaud GC, Pereira MA, Girard BL, Adams J, Metzl JD. Breakfast Habits, Nutritional Status, Body Weight, and Academic Performance in Children and Adolescents. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 105(5):743-760. doi:10.1016/j.jada.2005.02.007.
Wesnes KA, Pincock C, Richardson D, Helm G, Hails S. Breakfast reduces declines in attention and memory over the morning in schoolchildren. Appetite. 2003;41(3):329-331. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2003.08.009.
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