You must be tired of hearing it over and over again that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day". And over the years there has been countless research that also proves this claim. But why is it so important. Let's find out...
Many people believe that by skipping breakfast, they can actually save calories, which they can use throughout the day when they feel hungry. This is, in fact, is not true. A healthy power packed breakfast in the morning helps in regulating the blood glucose levels and also aids in weight loss by suppressing the hunger craving later in the day.
Eating breakfast has also been associated with the lowered risk of heart disease. One such Harvard University Study on men aged 45-82 years found that the risk of heart disease is 27% higher in men who skip breakfast. The study also found that skipping breakfast leads to an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other health problems that act as a precursor for heart disease.
Skipping breakfast increases the risk of type 2 diabetes in women, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This is attributed to the fact that regular skipping of breakfast leads to the development of chronic insulin resistance which is a major risk factor for Diabetes.
Eating breakfast helps improve cognitive functions. One such study on 319 adolescents (aged 13-20 years) found that "high energy intake from breakfast had a beneficial effect on immediate recall in short-term memory. Many other similar studies published in the Journal of American Dietetic Association have also reported that children who eat breakfast have better memory, test grades, and school attendance.
Eating breakfast can help improve your alertness throughout the day. One study on middle school children found that children who ate breakfast every day had a better concentration that children who consumed breakfast only sometimes or never.
It won't takes a fortnight - will only take a few more minutes of yours in the morning but if you want to improve your health, memory, and concentration start eating a healthy breakfast every morning.