Geriatrician, Hospitalist, Patient Advocate, Healthcare Educator

A Healthy Breakfast

Photo by Melissa Belanger

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Although most people agree that breakfast is important, about a quarter of people tend to skip breakfast, be it time constraint, not feeling hungry, or taking part in a diet or fasting routine.

Breakfast is the meal that breaks the fast after a night of sleep. Our bodies have been deprived of calories, bodily functions have slowed, and metabolism has also slowed down. By having breakfast, the body gets fueled with calories to give it energy and it also kickstarts metabolism to start the day.

Here are some benefits of having breakfast:

Boost in brain function

  • Studies show it improves alertness, concentration, problem-solving ability, and memory. It Improves focus in both work and school. Students who have breakfast tend to get better grades.

Manages weight

  • Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day.
  • Having breakfast also keeps your appetite in check.

Decreases risk of obesity and related chronic illness due to obesity.

Promotes cardiovascular health

  • Skipping breakfast is associated with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease

Decreases risk of developing Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Reduces cholesterol

Helps you get those well needed nutrients

  • Those who eat breakfast tend to get more fiber, calcium, vitamins A and C, riboflavin, iron, and, zinc than breakfast-skippers

September is Better Breakfast Month and thus a good time to reflect on ways to do better with breakfast habits, be it getting a grab and go breakfast, incorporating healthier foods, or just making an effort to have breakfast.

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” - Adele Davis