Is Breakfast Overrated?

For years, we have been told breakfast is the most imperative spread of the day. But why exactly is breakfast so significant? There is a resilient correlation between consuming breakfast and sustaining a healthy weight. Research has implied that skipping breakfast can set you up for overindulging later in the day. A vigorous and nutritious breakfast can instill you with vigour, satisfy your appetite, and keep you going all day long. After a deep slumber, breakfast is indispensable in kick-starting your metabolism, getting fundamental vitamins and minerals into your body to help you take on the day ahead.

Imagine breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday weekend sitting on a wooden bench or on a picnic mat on green grass surrounded by locally produced fresh, bright organic vegetables available at affordable prices. Nevertheless, on weekdays we do not have the alternative of devouring a laid back breakfast predominantly because of our hectic schedules. A study published in the American Heart Association journal <i>Circulation</i> stated that middle-aged men who skip breakfast are more prone to heart attacks or to from heart disease. Breakfast materializes to be the easiest time to get in heart-healthy fibre from wholegrain cereal, oats or other healthier varieties that can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

One of the most simple reasons people skip breakfast is because they’re just not hungry in the morning. If you can relate, try to start small with a healthy shake or smoothie, keeping your dinner smaller, and cutting back on alcohol or snacks right before bed. It is imperative to remember to watch the liquid calories, which include fruit juices or sweetened tea or coffee drinks. These drinks usually are fast to prepare conversely they are crammed with sugar but stipulate little to no fiber, protein and complex carbs to keep you fueled. If you are going to include carbohydrates with your breakfast, make it a low-glycemic kind like berries, plain rolled oats, whole grain bread, or sweet potato, A word of caution, avoid muffins, bagels, scones, and some packaged granola bars. They may seem healthy, but they’re supplementary like dessert than breakfast.

The inside story is that when you wake up after a long night’s rest, your body has lasted as much as 12 hours without a meal. This implies one thing: you need fuel. Imagine a car, you would not drive a car without fuel and thus apply this concept to the process of eating a healthy breakfast. There’s probably a shortage of glucose in your bloodstream and If you don’t eat breakfast and head out the door with low blood sugar, one organ in particular won’t be functional at full speed: your brain, which necessitates a continual flow of blood sugar to run commendably. And even a trivial incident of low blood sugar can leave you nauseous and frazzled. You may also feel less sharp-witted and angry. Yes, there is a term called “hangry” and it’s a amalgamation of being hungry and frustrated.

Dartmouth College states that breakfast boosts metabolism, reduces fatigue and promotes better attentiveness and performance. Eating breakfast delivers the enzymes that burn more fat by kick-starting your metabolism early in the day. Colorado State University is on board and states that breakfast eaters metabolize fat better and consume fewer calories throughout the rest of the day. In addition, according to the University of Texas at Austin breakfast has a positive effect on cortisol, which is one of the primary stress hormones produced by the adrenal glands. Normally cortisol levels are the highest around 7 a.m. and consequently critical to eat breakfast and bring the levels back down.
Enclosed are a few breakfast decisions, options and choices.

Oatmeal: You may have noticed a heart-shaped seal on your box of oatmeal. The seal’s there because oats contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber that’s been shown to help lower cholesterol when eaten regularly. Oats are also rich in omega 3, folate and potassium. You can opt for low fat milk or skimmed milk for a really healthy option.

Yoghurt: This tangy, creamy yogurt is loaded with with calcium and boasts plenty of protein. Choose a plain, nonfat variety, and add some fruit like blueberries or strawberries to give it some sweetness and flavor. The best option is always plain vanilla yoghurt.

Grapefruit: Eating half a grapefruit before each meal may help you slim down faster, thanks to the fruit’s fat-burning properties and its beneficial effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. Grapefruit is also hydrating, filling, and packed with immunity-boosting antioxidants. If you can’t tolerate the taste of grapefruit try sprinkling some honey over it.

Eggs: These incredible edibles have made quite a comeback in recent years. Once shunned for being high in dietary cholesterol as one yolk contains about 60% of your daily allotment, eggs are now embraced as a healthy source of protein and nutrients like vitamin D. Why the turnabout? Research has shown that the cholesterol in our food has less of an impact on blood cholesterol than previously thought. There are more than a 100 ways to cook an egg from poached, scrambled to boiled and all very stable, healthy choices.

Flaxseed: Try to sprinkle, ground flaxseed into your food. Remember however that whole flaxseed will pass through your body without being digested and as a word of caution it is crucial to grind them yourself or buy them this way. Just two tablespoons contains more than 100% of your recommended daily intake for those heart-healthy fats. Flaxseed has a nutty flavor and was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC. King Charlemagne believed in the health benefits of flaxseeds so prudently that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume this powerful plant food.

Green Tea: All tea that includes black, green, or white provides the antioxidants, but green tea may be healthiest of all. Research suggests that drinking five cups a day can increase your body’s metabolism and help you lose more weight around the middle.
In conclusion, eat eggs; don’t eat eggs. Put margarine on your toast – no, use butter. Nutrition studies move at a furious pace and consumer’s head are starting to spin with the conflicting advice that is being floated around. So the bottom line is breakfast, lunch or dinner is not overrated. But don’t fixate on the latest studies and always keep your food choices simple. Eat real food that isn’t processed and make healthier choices.

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Lisa Vas

Writer, Journalist, foodie, bonvivant & everything in between. Creative by nature & always seeking new adventures. Based on real life events.