The Most Important Meal of The Day

Breakfast has long been called "the most important meal of the day." Recently, more and more studies are backing up this claim.

The down-side of not eating breakfast

U.S. Doctors at the Harvard Medical School, found that skipping the first meal of the day:

  • increases the chances of becoming obese
  • increases risk of developing diabetes
  • increases risk of heart attacks

Skipping breakfast can most likely make us tired and our brains and bodies run on low fuel. Thus making us less efficient at work and in school. Even our moods take a nosedive and lead us to making bad food choices. Coffee and high-sugar treats can only do so much. Our bodies need to be "refueled’ a few times a day for them to function well.

The Benefits of eating breakfast

Doctors at Harvard Medical school analyzed the eating habits of 3,029 participants (1,198 black, 1,633 white). 47% of white participants eat breakfast every morning, while 22% black said they do. From this study, doctors found that people who eat breakfast are:

  • 1/3 less lilkely to be obese
  • ½ less likely to have blood sugar problems
  • smaller risks of developing diabetes and high-cholesterol – a risk factor for heart diseases.

Based on this study, researchers believe that eating breakfast stabilizes blood-sugar levels which regulate appetite and energy. They also suggest that people who eat breakfast are less likely to get hungry for the rest of the day, and therefore, less likely to overeat. People who eat breakfast perform better. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast do better in school. Based also on the Harvard Medical School research, doctors say that "It appears that breakfast may play an important role in reducing the risks of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease."

More important than eating breakfast per se, is what people actually eat. Doctors found that people who eat whole-grain cereals every morning are among those most likely to see the health benefits. The study reveals that those who eat whole-grain cereals are 15% less likely to have blood sugar problems.

More promising results

Though doctors say that they need to do more research, more and more findings are pointing at breakfast as truly the most important meal of the day. The British Dietetic Association say their finding back up the growing number of evidence supporting eating breakfast every morning.

Of course a greasy breakfast of bacons, eggs and fried rice sounds delicious, but it’s too cholesterol-loaded and calorie-rich for people to get the desired benefits. For people on the go, breakfast is a good source of vitamins and minerals as cereals are packed with a number of vitamins and minerals, plus several other nutrients.