A healthy breakfast helps to start the day off with stimulating energy.
When you go on a plane trip, the airport ensures that the plane is filled with gasoline. This way, no one has to be concerned about the plane crashing because the fuel ran out.
If you do not want to crash, feeling weak, disoriented, and unenergized, it is crucial to recharge energy reserves to function appropriately when beginning a new day. This is the importance of breakfast.
As Adelle Davis, a nutritionist renowned for her famous saying from the 1960s, put it:
Is Breakfast Really Needed?
Many people are aware of the importance of breakfast. However, studies show that up to 25% of adults and up to 36% of adolescents skip this meal in North America.
There is plenty of scientific data illustrating how important breakfast is, but many people are not aware of the detrimental health consequences when skipping this important meal.
For example, studies show that school children who skip breakfast have lower brain function. People also experience more limited mental alertness.
Another study showed that men who did not eat breakfast regularly had a 27% higher chance of getting heart disease.
The objective is to eat a well-rounded, healthy breakfast, which will provide slow-burning energy as the day goes on.
Evidence suggests that everyone should have a breakfast that gives them up to 35% of their daily calorie intake.
The word “breakfast” is made up of the separate words “break” and “fast.“
This meal is eaten after a supposedly voluntary time of starvation while you slept.
When people wake up, they need to break the voluntary fast by eating the most important meal of the day.
And this meal (breakfast) should be well-rounded and nutritious to provide physical and psychological well being throughout the rest of the day.
What Is The Importance Of Breakfast?
Lowers The Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease
People who eat breakfast regularly have more energy and are more physically active, enhancing cardiovascular health and reducing many diseases.
Lack of eating breakfast is connected to an increased risk of atherosclerosis, and build-up of plaque in your arteries, higher blood pressure, a more prominent waistline, and more elevated blood lipids.
Another study conducted on 51,529 healthy males from 1992 to 2008 concluded that “eating breakfast was associated with significantly lower Coronary Heart Diseases risk.“
It can Help Prevent Obesity And Diabetes
Breakfast decreases the risk of metabolic syndrome (obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc.).
Studies have confirmed that people who do not skip breakfast had a 35 – 50% lower rate of suffering from insulin resistance syndrome (prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, etc.).
Researchers have proven that skipping breakfast can increase your chances of getting diabetes.
Another study published in February 2020 showed that breakfast eaters burn twice as many calories when compared to non-breakfast eaters, making it easier for them to prevent obesity.
May Boost Fertility In Women
Another aspect of the importance of breakfast is that skipping it can seriously affect women.
There is evidence that women who have a hard time conceiving may be helped by eating a big breakfast.
In today’s fast-paced, stressful world, many people eat big meals during the evening due to hunger urges from a long day’s work. They sleep late and wake up late, not having time to eat a healthy breakfast rushing to work.
This type of unhealthy eating routine can affect women with conception issues. It can cause hormone imbalance, particularly between insulin and testosterone.
This imbalance is known as “polycystic ovary syndrome.” (PCOS)
There is no cure for PCOS, but women can control this problem by knowing what and when to eat.
It is one of the most common causes of infertility in women, and it can cause a host of other problems such as:
- problem with periods
- irregular or failure to ovulate
- problems with skin, such as acne
- problems with hair (thinning or loss of hair)
- weight gain
- excessive hair growth on different parts of the body
- high blood pressure and cholesterol
- heart disease and strokes
- sleep apnoea (breathing problems during sleep)
PCOS can cause insulin level irregularities. This, in turn, can cause an increase in testosterone levels in the body, causing disturbances in menstrual cycles.
Studies confirm that a well-balanced and healthful breakfast together with a low-calorie dinner could reduce insulin resistance and testosterone levels in women, improving ovulation and fertility.
Stops Hunger Urges
Skipping breakfast can result in impaired satiety and lowered hunger control throughout the rest of the day.
A study done on healthy young adults showed that eating breakfast will regulate your appetite and give you more control over your hunger.
The study also noted that eating breakfast will result in you eating less sugar, carbohydrates, and fats in the evening.
Increases Stress Resistance
Eating regular breakfast will help resist stressful situations encountered during the day.
One study conducted on adolescents proved that breakfast, not any breakfast, but one of good quality (nutritious), showed lower levels of stress and depressive moods than those that ate a lousy breakfast or no breakfast at all.
Another study done on 800 nurses showed that eating regular breakfast resulted in lower stress levels, better cognition, and lesser accidents.
Is Beneficial For Exercise
If you are into athletics or working out, missing breakfast can affect your athletic performance and workouts.
Eating breakfast before working out is also beneficial for how the body burns carbohydrates during exercise and with meals eaten after exercise.
This will help you stay fitter, leaner, and healthier.
The importance of breakfast is highly underestimated. For most people, the body will feel weaker and lesser energetic.
Mood, focus, and mental or physical performance may be affected. Missing breakfast for an extended period can cause serious health consequences in men, women, and children.
Do not hesitate to eat breakfast. You will not regret it.