Benefits of eating breakfast
16/10/18 11:25 Filed in: Diet & Nutrition
- Do you eat breakfast?
- Do you eat eggs?
- Do you prefer cereal?
- Or do you eat leftovers from supper?
I have 3 breakfast meals that I tend to rotate:
- A berry smoothie
- Poached eggs on toast
- Homemade muesli with oats and homemade yoghurt
My husband prefers soup!
This week is National Obesity Week which continues with the theme of
Breakfast - The best way to start your day
Last week, I tackled the excuses for not eating breakfast. Hopefully I managed to convince you that breakfast is an important component of a healthy diet. But why is breakfast so great?
6 Benefits of eating breakfast
- Boost fibre intake. If you choose whole grain, high fibre cereals, fruit or low GI whole grain bread, you can make a good start towards your daily fibre requirement of 30g per day.
- Boost calcium intake. If you eat cereals with milk or yoghurt, you will increase your intake of bone-boosting calcium.
- Increase brain power. Eating breakfast ensures that your brain has energy to think, concentrate and work optimally, whether at work or at school.
- Improves food choices throughout the day. Fuelling up in the morning means that you are less likely to hit the vending machine or pop out for a blood sugar-boosting snack in the middle of the morning. It also means that you will be more likely to eat less and choose better food at lunchtime.
- Aids in weight loss. Eating breakfast helps to control your calorie intake for the rest of the day and kick starts your metabolism first thing in the morning.
- Prevents the development of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Skipping breakfast has been associated with raised serum lipid and insulin levels.
Now there really should be no reason at all for not eating breakfast on a daily basis. Change it up! Make it interesting. Find something that works for you and your family.
See you at the breakfast table!