One would ask, Why should I eat breakfast?
It is easy to make breakfast the least of your priorities in the morning. This is because most people don’t know that what constitute a breakfast. The morning meal does not have to be a headache, as there are excellent resources within our local environment that we can utilise to make up nutritious golden breakfast meals that can be prepared quickly, eaten and even enjoyed before leaving for school, work or any business for the day.
From the frenzied waking hours of breakfast to the hungry lunch hours, up to the evening ‘rush hour’ mealtime, every mother strives to satisfy her family with tasty and wholesome meals. I am pretty sure thousands of mothers have stories to tell about the real concerns and challenges they face in providing their families with adequate breakfast.
Not many people know the right time to eat breakfast, nutritionists say that the ideal time to eat breakfast should be within two hours of waking, they advise that a healthy breakfast should contain calories in the range of 20-35% of one’s guideline daily allowance. Breakfast should variety of foods that includes; fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy products with this knowledge what should be found on a plate for breakfast should be a combination of egg, bread, cooked pumpkin, yoghourt, apples, rice, beans etc.
This does not mean that because breakfast is supposed to provide the body with the energy to run for the day that one should stack their plate with lots of food containing carbohydrate like rice, yam, potato, spaghetti, in one plate in the name of looking for energy as a typical motor park tout would, this is wrong. The idea is to have other classes of food on your plate.
Generally, there is an idea that skipping breakfast is good for weight loss is entirely false this is because skipping breakfast tends to make one eat food that contain more calories throughout the day. Studies have shown that people that eat breakfast tend to weigh less than those who skip it; people who eat breakfast tend to make better choices of what theyshould eat at other meals of the day than breakfast skippers, hunger tend to affect breakfast skippers the more and eat much during other meals hence accumulating calories.
REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD EAT BREAKFAST.
- Breakfast provides the body with fuel to start the day after fasting through the night while asleep, thereby equipping the body with the energy to start the day.Aside from providing us with energy and helping with weight loss, eating breakfast makes it more likely for us to meet our daily nutritional needs; it contributes to the quantity and quality of one’s daily dietary intake.
- Breakfast is one way to get other nutrients that the body needs such as calcium, iron, vitamins, when one misses breakfast the possibility of compensating the body later in the day is pretty low as one would want to take food that would provide the body with energy that has been lost.
- Eating breakfast improves one’s cognition studies have shown that breakfast can improve memory and concentration level; children who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school, and eat healthier throughout the day. it has also been associated with lower stress and affects mood. Breakfast skippers are usually associated with elevated blood sugar levels, hypertension and are insulin resistance, this is because the food they eat at other meals of the day tend to contain much carbohydrate to replenish the lost energy and empty calories. It is in line with this that a study by the World Health Organisation in 2005 said that breakfast skipping has been linked to the increased consumption of snacks low in fibre and high in fat later in the day and an increased risk of obesity.
- Eating breakfasting reduces one’s chance of been associated with health compromising behaviours like smoking, frequent alcohol. The European Journal of clinical Nutrition reported that smoking, infrequent exercise, a low education, female sex, frequent alcohol use, behavioural disinhibiting and high body mass index were significantly associated with adolescent breakfast skipping.
Still confused as to how you should take breakfast? Well, the clarity lies in this French popular adage that says, “Breakfast is like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”