Recently there has been some debate over the importance of eating breakfast. Some say that breakfast isn’t as important as we’ve been led to believe while others maintain that there are many health benefits to eating breakfast. The debates will no doubt continue but one thing is for sure, what you eat for breakfast makes a lot of difference. Eating a donut for breakfast isn’t a healthy breakfast. So, when you do eat a healthy breakfast, here are some of the health benefits.
Eating a healthy breakfast will make you more alert and ready for the challenges of the day ahead. This is especially important for students. Studies have shown that students who eat a healthy breakfast get better grades and are more likely to graduate.
Eating a good breakfast can help keep your body weight in check. When you skip breakfast, you end up having more cravings for snack foods later in the day and eat a larger dinner in the evening. Studies have shown that people who skip breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be obese.
Those who eat a good breakfast tend to have a better disposition. Breakfast skippers on the other hand are often irritable and can feel tired and have a generally bad mood.
Breakfast has been shown to be a good opportunity to take in important nutrients such as potassium, calcium and fiber.
Contrary to what some believe, breakfast is still considered to be good for general health. Eating breakfast has been linked to reducing the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A study from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people who eat breakfast also have better cholesterol levels and aren’t as sensitive to insulin.
If you’re not into the habit of having breakfast maybe, it’s because you eat late in the evening. It would be a good tradeoff to eat less in the evening and start eating a good breakfast.