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 it each morning.
Why Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal of the Day?
1. It 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. It also fills your stomach, helping you to avoid overeating and snacking later in the day.
2. It 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. It kickstarts your metabolism
Breakfast jump-starts your metabolism in the morning. Getting your metabolism working early helps burn calories throughout the day. Skipping an early meal tells your body to conserve, rather than burn, extra calories.
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4. It boosts energy levels
Breakfast energizes the body. People who eat an early meal show an increase in physical activity throughout their mornings than people who skip it. Activity helps prevent weight gain and fatigue.
5. It promotes heart health
Of course, what you eat matters as much as when you eat. Make sure you consume healthy grains, proteins, and fruits and vegetables.
6. It 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.
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