Breakfast...The Most Important Meal of the Day?


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Never being one who eats breakfast, I began to wonder if what is said is true-Is breakfast truly "the most important meal of the day".

            Unfortunately for my habits, research has proven the cliché at least partially valid. Breakfast is crucial as it not only serves as the end of the body's overnight fasting period, but also helps renew the body's glucose supply and supplies the body with energy-creating nutrients.

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            Breakfast provides many of the sources that energize the body throughout the day. Glucose, one of the major energy sources of the body, is depleted throughout the night in order to keep blood sugar levels stable. Eating breakfast replenishes glucose levels and therefore energizes the body. Even when the body has the energy to continue on without breakfast, those who skip out on their morning meal miss out on some key vitamins and minerals that could have been obtained by stopping for a meal.

            Studies abroad have shown that there are many negative correlations connected with skipping breakfast. Children who skip breakfast are more likely to be stouter and make poorer food choices than children who eat breakfast.  People who do not eat breakfast are more prone to snacking and eating large lunches because they tend to become much hungrier during the day. Those who do not eat breakfast tend to not perform as well mentally as those who do eat breakfast.

            Fortunately not all is lost for myself and the other 1/3 of adults who skip breakfast. Although it is best to simply eat breakfast, those who simply cannot force themselves to eat breakfast. The nutrients and glucose that are missed by skipping breakfast can be regained through a carefully planned diet with lunches and dinners that make up for the loss.

            Even though one can live without breakfast, it is much more important than many of us realize.

For more information, visit the Better Health Channel's article on the importance of breakfast


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Thanks for the artical,Dan!I am also a seldom breakfast eater,and certainlly I knew,being one of the main meals throughtout a day,skipping the first meal engenders inbalance with my metabolism.Above all,I think the root problem of this whole negligent thing is sleeping late.If we had got up early enough to have the brain reminded us that we have enough time for a breakfast,many dietary mistakes could have been well avoided.With one good habit of getting up early brings you another good one of having breakfasts,which tells us that a habit counts as many on human beings,while the a bad habit intoxicates not merely itself.

I really enjoyed reading your post Daniel! When I was younger, I never liked to eat breakfast because I was never ready to eat very early in the morning and I also never really had time since I was rushing to get to school. Now, my habits have changed and I always make sure I eat something before I head to class here at Penn State because if not, I will snack throughout the day, which I know is not good for me. Also, like you state in the article, kids who do not eat breakfast tend not to perform as well compared to kids who do eat breakfast in the morning. I definitely feel like I do better in class and focus more when I have something in my stomach. I found an article from Web MD that follows up on some of the points that you were making in your post about the negative effects of not eating breakfast. The article discusses how some people believe that skipping breakfast will allow them to lose weight, when in reality it can put more weight on and it even goes as far to say that there is research linked with skipping breakfast and obesity. I think it is important for kids and teenagers especially to understand that they are only harming themselves if they don't take the time to eat something in the A.M.!

Don't mind me, just commenting on blogs that I find interesting, even if they are really old...Anyway, I always found the notion of eating breakfast to be over rated because I'm never usually hungry in the morning. It takes a good two hours after I woke up for my appetite to rear its ugly head. In high school my mother finally got me to eat breakfast everyday and I find that whenever I eat breakfast, I'm hungrier faster! I feel like I eat more whenever I eat breakfast and Dr.Mercola explains why, "'In the "glucostatic theory', Jean Mayer in the 1950's proposed that low blood sugar served as the primary hunger-triggering signal that prompted us to feed. Later studies have taught us that appetite regulation is way more complicated than that, but there is clearly a role for blood glucose in this equation. Building on Mayer's theory, Campfield has proposed a more complex and refined theory, in which he – briefly summarized – suggests that falling blood glucose levels might serve as a hunger signal. This has been echoed elsewhere, in the sense that the speed of which blood glucose falls can serve as an alarm signal in a sense – while a prompt lowering of post-prandial blood glucose levels is desirable, too steep of a decline can be interpreted as danger, and trigger a hunger signal."

Source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/17/eating-breakfast.aspx

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