There is a reason why breakfast is called the most important meal of the day. Because it is! While some people wake up hungry and ready to eat, others tend not to have a morning appetite. Here’s why eating a small snack like a banana or a piece of wheat toast can help jumpstart your day and improve your overall health.
Fill Up Your Tank
You would never drive your car for hours after the gas light goes on. The same goes for your body. When you wake up in the morning, your body is low on energy, or fuel. Eating early in the day helps to fill up your body’s ‘tank’ and gets your body ready for the day ahead. Eating breakfast also supplies your brain with glucose which has been shown to boost memory.
Most importantly, breakfast provides our bodies with essential nutrients first thing in the morning. Most people don’t get enough of the key ingredients, like fiber and potassium, that breakfast supplies. Research shows that when you skip breakfast, you are very unlikely to make up for the loss of nutrients later in the day.
Can Assist in Weight Loss
While there are no studies or evidence that proves skipping breakfast helps you lose weight, having breakfast can help curb your hunger and make better choices throughout the day.
So what should you eat? Foods that have protein, fiber, and healthy fats are best. An egg with a piece of wheat toast or whole-grain cereal with fruit.
Promotes Heart Health
Setting aside a few minutes in the morning breakfast can keep your arteries cleaner and clearer. Research shows that skipping breakfast may increase the risk of atherosclerosis (plaque buildup on the arteries).
Researchers studied the diets of 4,000 people and found that roughly 75% of the people who skipped breakfast had plaque buildup in their arteries. On the other hand, only 57% of people who had a well-balanced, hearty breakfast had plaque issues.
Regulates Blood Sugar
Not eating breakfast can have a negative impact on your blood sugar. Not eating until lunch can interfere with your body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates. Skipping breakfast consistently promotes inflammation that can prevent your body from using its own insulin.
If you are diabetic, skipping breakfast can have even bigger toll on your body. The American Diabetes Association found that when diabetic people missed breakfast, their blood sugar levels were nearly 40% higher after lunch and 25% higher after dinner versus the days when they ate three meals.
All in all, breakfast is important. If you are looking to improve your overall health, eating breakfast is a good way to start.
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