A very well-known phrase goes like this “Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a Pauper.” Let’s see why a good breakfast is so important for us.
Needless to say, breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of our entire day. Some people have this misconception that skipping breakfast will help them in losing weight. As a result, they skip the most important meal of their day and then indulge in binge eating later in the day when they feel extremely hungry. However, the truth is that not having proper and healthy breakfast can backfire in the longer run and cause adverse effects on our body and mind. Without wasting much time, let us learn about the real importance of breakfast.
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Why breakfast is so important?
The first and foremost thing about breakfast is that it provides our body with the much- needed fuel and energy after an overnight of fasting. This is exactly why this meal is known as Breakfast i.e. breaking the fast. If an individual is skipping his/ her breakfast, they are clearly trying to kick start their day without any fuel. Imagine this as starting your car every morning without any petrol in it. Generally, it is said that breakfast should be consumed within two hours of waking up.
Not only this, food that we consume as a part of our breakfast is also the first source of calcium, iron and Vitamin B that our body gets. Some very crucial proteins, fiber and nutrients are also supplied to our body when we consume breakfast properly and within a time frame of 2-3 hours after waking up. Studies have proven that people who skip breakfast not only fall short of all these nutrients, vitamins and fiber; rather it is also impossible for them to compensate for this loss irrespective of the fact that they may be consuming very healthy food later in the day.
A very good source of vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables are considered to be a prominent part of our breakfast. It is evidently observed that people who consume fresh fruits and vegetables as a part of their breakfast are less likely to gain weight. On the other hand, breakfast skippers tend to nibble on snacks and junk food; hence putting on more weight and leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Ideally, it is said that consuming a banana or a glass of fresh juice is also of great use for the human mind and body.
Breakfast is known for restoring the level of glucose in our body and it is a well- known fact that carbohydrate (a type of glucose) is very crucial for the proper functioning of our brain. It also helps in improving our memory and concentration levels. Last but not the least, breakfast is known for relieving stress and improving our overall health.
Long term effects of breakfast also include the inculcation of family values as it is usually consumed with the entire family sitting together. This is what makes it necessary for kids to be taught about the importance of breakfast starting from a very young age.