September 30, 2013
Breakfast Has Benefits

Food Talk – Joann Augsburger-Jana

Mom always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day.  Now there is research to support that she was right.  Breakfast has benefits regardless of your age.  It provides healthy bodies and healthy brains.  A good breakfast can help give you:

  • a more nutritionally complete diet higher in nutrients, vitamins and mineral
  • improved concentration and performance in the classroom or boardroom
  • more strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
  • lower cholesterol levels

The International Food Information Council Foundation summarizes the benefits of breakfast with these points.

Breakfast Fuels Your Empty Tank

Do you bypass breakfast to save time in the morning?  This tactic often backfires, because running on empty can leave you feeling fatigued and out-of-sorts – not on top of your game like you need to be.

Breakfast Boosts Brain Power

Several studies suggest that eating breakfast may help children do better in school by improving memory, alertness, concentration, problem-solving ability, test scores, school attendance and mood.

Breakfast Is Just Plain Good For You

Breakfast-eating kids and adults get more fiber, calcium, vitamins A and C, riboflavin, zinc and iron in their diets than breakfast-skippers.

Breakfast Is The “Weigh” To Go

The first meal of the day can help keep weight gain away, so don’t skip breakfast to manage your weight.  Research suggests that adult breakfast skippers are at greater risk for obesity and weight gain, while breakfast eaters tend to have healthier weights.

Breakfast Builds Better Bodies

Eating breakfast may help your heart, digestion, bones and more to meet dietary guidelines!

A Healthier Heart

Adults and kids who skip breakfast tend to have higher blood cholesterol levels – a risk factor for heart disease – than do breakfast eaters.  Why?  Breakfast-eating adults tend to get less fat and more fiber in their diets.  Kids and teens that eat breakfast get more fiber, too.

Better Digestion

The insoluble fiber in many breakfast cereals and in other breakfast foods like whole-wheat breads, bagels and English muffins, and fruits may help keep you regular.  Some research suggests that fiber may reduce the risk of colon cancer.  “Friendly” bacteria that may promote digestive health and the components that help them thrive are found in some yogurts, yogurt drinks and cereals.

Stronger Bones

A wholesome breakfast serves up nutrients important for healthy bones.  For instance, milk – the most commonly-consumed breakfast food – provides calcium, vitamin D and protein to name a few.  Adults, teens and kids who regularly eat breakfast consume more calcium and other nutrients each day.  And people who start the day with the traditional cereal and milk combo get seven times more calcium at breakfast than those who eat cereal without milk.

Improved Metabolism

Newer, emerging research suggests that eating a nutritious breakfast of whole-grain cereal and milk may help the body better regulate insulin levels.  Studies also suggest that popular breakfast foods such as whole-grain cereals and breads, milk products and fruit may help reduce risk for metabolic syndrome.  This condition is linked to being overweight and increases the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Don’t miss the benefits of breakfast.

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