Apparently up to a quarter of us don’t eat breakfast at all - yet it is a very important meal.
Breakfast says what it is! A meal that helps you BREAK the FAST that your body has endured, probably for at least 12 hours, since your evening meal on the previous day.
When looked at that way it is surprising that so many of us don’t bother with breakfast at all, but prefer to cram all our food intake into a few short hours every day, from lunch time until a big burst in the evening.
There are at least three good reasons why having a healthy and balanced breakfast is important for you and your wellbeing.
After a long period without eating your blood sugar levels will be dangerously low.
As you attempt to go through the morning without eating you may suffer various symptoms such as headaches, shakiness, weakness, lack of concentration and even reduced brain power.
Performance of any kind of any kind of strenuous physical could also be quite significantly impaired in these circumstances.
Breakfast is an ideal time to get certain nutrients into your diet that you may not find space for later in the day - fresh or dried fruits and fruit juice for example can help you attain the ‘five a day’ and boost your vitamin C levels.
Yoghurt or milk can provide important calcium, especially for women - many people only take these foods at breakfast, and things like muesil and porridge can be a good opportunity to eat fibre and oats, which can help lower LDL blood cholesterol.
Breakfast also provides calories of course, important for children and teens, physically active adults arid anyone who has a problem maintaining body fat (thin people).
Even for overweight people trying to lose fat breakfast is still vital.
If you miss breakfast you will probably suddenly feel very hungry around mid-to-late morning and crave something sweet such as a doughnut.
This, in effect, is your body telling you, you didn’t give it breakfast and it needs glucose-fast!! 🍌
Highly refined sweet food 🍩🍪 will do that within minutes, so you eat the sugary snack-which also contains a lot of fat and few nutrients.
In other words, you are swapping a balanced nutritious meal a less balanced, less nutritious snack. Think of food as the fuel you use to drive your body - you would not put poor quality fuel in your car so why fuel yourself on poor quality foods? 😬🤔
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