“Breakfast is a Very Important Meal”

It appears that Mom may have been right in telling you that breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. It gives you the energy to start a new day and it is linked to many health benefits, including weight control, improved performance, and lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Dietary patterns have changed significantly over the last few decades such that an estimated 20% to 30% of adults skip breakfast. These trends mirror the increase in obesity and associated cardiometabolic derangements. Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast (as opposed to the kind containing doughnuts) can help give you more strength and endurance to engage in physical activity; improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom; intake of vitamins, minerals and fiber and lower cholesterol levels. Breakfast is especially important for adolescents and children. Many studies, in both adults and children, have shown that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers. It is believed that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger throughout the day, and help people make better food choices at other meals.

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