Breakfast: why is it the most important meal of the day?

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The breakfast is the most important meal of the day because the food that is eaten is the first after a long period of fast derived from hours of sleep; In addition, it precedes the hours of the day in which there is greater activity and, therefore, greater energy expenditure. This is reported by the Undersecretariat for Prevention and Health Promotion.

“In Mexico, a high percentage of the adult population does not eat breakfast or eats breakfast very late, and it is estimated that 2 out of 10 children do not eat breakfast, while adolescents eat their first meal until approximately 10 in the morning, despite the fact that what is recommended is have breakfast an hour after waking up.

Undersecretariat for Prevention and Health Promotion

Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

According to the medical center Obymedthe breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it contributes to a more harmonious distribution of the calories throughout the day. It also provides a security ration of many nutrients especially important in the School period.

The children and adolescents who they have breakfast properly have a higher performance physical and intellectual. People who skip breakfast are more likely to have obesity by undergoing prolonged fasts and when receiving the first food the body responds by accumulating it as an energy reserve, according to the Undersecretary of Health.

What should a proper breakfast contain?

The Mexican dependency assures that a optimal breakfast contributes from 20 to 25% of the daily caloric requirement in addition to contributing to achieving an intake of nutrients adequate (vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats).

  • Bread and cereals preferably whole grains that provide the body with fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
  • Dairy products low in fat that provide protein, calcium and vitamins.
  • Fruits They provide water, vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • Foods proteinaceous They provide protein, fat, vitamins and minerals.

What happens to the body if we don’t eat breakfast?

Skipping breakfast carries risks and Obymed points out that the first symptom that is going to be present in the body when do not eat breakfast properly is the decayfollowed by lack of concentration Y Bad mood due to the glucose deficit produced by the fastsince “it is the main fuel of the organism”.

First thing in the morning, the body has already 8 and 10 hours without receiving any kind of food. lack of glucose pushes our body to burn other energy reserveswhich causes multiple alterations in normal organic functioning.

David Allison, a researcher at the University of Alabama, United States, emphasizes that people who skip the breakfast tend to have more weight“what we already know is an association, not a causality”, he assures.

The “breakfast of champions” doesn’t help either

A common practice, especially among workers and undergraduate students, is have breakfast only a coffee, usually accompanied by a cigar. According to the previously cited medical center, this not only contributes to the overweight but it causes imbalances in the body that promote the increase of body mass.

Finally, David Allison expresses that the breakfast is the easiest meal to consume correctly and that skipping it carries the risk of eating between meals, something unhealthy which in turn leads to a constant struggle to achieve the necessary nutrient balance, by not starting the day well.