Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal?: April 25, 2019
Breakfast is usually how you start your day. But how important is breakfast when it comes to your overall health? “It turns out there actually is some truth to the phrase--breakfast is the most important meal of the day. There are a number of studies that show the health benefits of having that morning meal,” said Enza LoCascio, a clinical dietitian with Lee Health.
Breakfast provides your body and brain with the fuel it needs to start the day. “Breakfast keeps you from packing on the pounds, whether you’re a man or a woman. Studies show that if you eat breakfast more than four times a week that can prevent excessive weight gain. That’s because those who skip breakfast tend to eat more empty calories at night,” she said.
But it’s not just a benefit to your weight; studies show eating breakfast can also help prevent chronic illness and lower your risk for heart disease, type two diabetes, and high cholesterol. But what you eat is just as important as when you eat.
“We do need to pay attention to what we’re eating. A lot of us like those quick and easy breakfast foods, pastries, donuts, we even have to watch out for those high sugar cereals. So alternatives we can look for are cereals that have whole grains, high fibers, or just other grains such as oats and quinoa,” said LoCascio.
You also want to make sure your breakfast includes protein, like eggs, yogurt, or milk. “Be sure to add in healthy fat. Those can be found in avocado and almonds,” she said.
Having a nutritious meal in the morning can help keep you energized throughout the day. “Breakfast sets up you for success for the rest of your day, and who doesn’t want to be successful when it comes to their health,” said LoCascio.
So before you start your day, take time to feed your body. All can make a difference to your day and your overall health.