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The Perils of Skipping Breakfast

Importance of Breakfast

 

Why is skipping breakfast so bad? For many, the morning rush promotes the ‘grab and go’ method of breakfast, which tends to lean toward less nutritious choices. Even worse are those that completely skip breakfast. Numerous research studies have repeatedly proven the benefits of eating a nutritious breakfast. A nutritious breakfast provides essential energy for morning activities such as school and work along with aiding in maintaining a healthy body weight. In general, people that eat breakfast are able to maintain focus easier than those who skip breakfast.

Considering today’s fast-paced world we live in, the grab and go method is really a norm for many meals. With that acknowledgement, the grab and go breakfast can still be a nutritious meal that can provide quality nutrition to fuel our bodies. Choose quality portable foods that can be easily consumed in the car or at a desk. Try this portable nutritious breakfast, a low-fat yogurt cup, a cereal bar and a banana. Even if you are staying home for breakfast, keep the food quality high. Avoid high sugar, low nutrient foods. Try an omelet with a side of fruit or some oatmeal topped with a few nuts or dried fruit. There are many options out there, but the key is to opt for whole grains, high fiber, lean proteins, and low fat options.

Bottom line, breakfast provides our bodies with essential nutrients that fuels our morning and keeps us focused. Many studies have shown that those who consume breakfast maintain a healthier body weight and are not as susceptible to illnesses. The Mayo Clinic and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are both in agreement with the benefits of eating breakfast. If you are not a regular breakfast eater, become one. If you are a grab and go breakfast eater, good for you for realizing the importance of eating breakfast. For all of you that regularly eat breakfast, congratulations on taking good care of yourself. No matter the meal, read the nutrition labels and choose is the best food to fuel for your body.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/food-and-nutrition/art-20048294

http://www.jhsph.edu/offices-and-services/student-affairs/_documents/Breakfast

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fm174

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