Nutrition 6 Reasons Why Breakfast Is the Most Important Meal of the Day By UPMC, July 9, 2017 It’s early in the morning, and you catch yourself running a few minutes behind. You’re late and you’ve got a lot on your mind — your busy schedule, your commute, your next cup of coffee — everything except eating a healthy breakfast. But it bears repeating: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and a well-balanced diet should include morning meals. Learn about why you should make time for breakfast each morning. Why Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day? RELATED: Recipe for Avocado Breakfast Toast 1. Breakfast encourages healthier eating Breakfast helps you reach your daily recommended servings of fruit and vegetables. Those who eat breakfast also tend to consume more milk and whole grains than those who skip the meal. And as you probably know, milk offers up important calcium for your body. Breakfast also fills your stomach, helping you to avoid overeating and snacking later in the day. 2. Breakfast balances blood sugar levels Eating in the morning helps your body better break down glucose, also called blood sugar. In fact, you can avoid glucose fluctuations throughout the day by eating fruit, grains, and lean protein within two hours of waking. 3. Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism Breakfast jump-starts your metabolism in the morning. Getting your metabolism working early helps burn calories throughout the day. Skipping breakfast tells your body to conserve, rather than burn, extra calories. Get healthy with the help of UPMC Nutrition Services. 4. Breakfast boosts energy levels Breakfast energizes the body. People who eat breakfast show an increase in physical activity throughout their mornings than people who skip it. Activity helps prevent weight gain and fatigue. 5. Breakfast promotes heart health People who skip breakfast tend to gain extra weight, according to studies. Weight gain contributes to high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which can contribute to heart disease. Of course, what you eat matters as much as when you eat. Make sure you consume healthy grains, proteins, and fruits and vegetables. 6. Breakfast stimulates the brain Eating breakfast can actually give you a mental edge. Stable glucose levels can help your ability to focus, reason, and process information.