March 30, 2016

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day?

Picture1By Rheagan Rizio, USC Student, Be Well Blogger

We’ve all heard it before: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But sometimes we aren’t hungry first thing in the morning, or we’re in such a rush to get to class that stopping to take time to eat can seem like an impossibility. So how important is breakfast, really?

Well, according to WebMD, breakfast is an important kick starter to your metabolism which helps you burn more calories for the rest of day. Breakfast gives you energy, and (if you eat something healthy) helps steady your blood sugar levels, which can help you focus at work/school. Skipping breakfast can also throw off your body’s fasting and eating rhythm, as your blood sugar levels are quite low right after you wake up and breakfast helps replenish them. Additionally, neglecting to eat may make you feel energy depleted later on during the day, which in turn makes you more likely to overeat or to load up on high-sugar, high-fat snacks. Not eating breakfast can make it harder to focus throughout the day, and can also make you feel tired, cranky, or restless, and there also appears to be a correlation between skipping breakfast, eating more junk food, and having a higher BMI. Some studies have also suggested that neglecting breakfast can have a negative effect on schoolwork/test scores, which is definitely not something anyone wants during these last few weeks of the semester.

Nutrient-wise, breakfast is an excellent opportunity to fulfill some of your daily recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals through healthy foods such as fruit, dairy, and nuts: it’s hard to get all these nutrients through just lunch and dinner, so skipping breakfast may leave you nutrient-depleted. However, this does not give you a free license to eat whatever you want in the morning: what you eat is extremely important. So skip the pastries and doughnuts: the best option for breakfast is a mix of foods that provide carbs, healthy fats, protein, and fiber. The carbs, which are easily digestible, will immediately give you energy, while the protein takes longer to digest and will continue to give you energy once the carbs are used up. The fiber and healthy fats will keep you feeling full for longer.

Check out how to Build a Better Breakfast for some quick and easy breakfast suggestions.

Spring is upon us, the days are (hopefully) getting warmer, and we only have around 5 more weeks of school left. Do your best to eat well, and if you don’t already, try to incorporate breakfast into each day: especially with all the new fruits coming into season right now, creating something delicious for breakfast has never been easier!

Even at EVK.