To breakfast, or not to breakfast, that is the question
For decades, generations were raised thinking that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast speeds up your metabolism, allowing you to burn calories throughout the day. It also provides you the energy you need to get things done and helps your concentration at work or school. These are just a few reasons for considering breakfast the most important meal of the day.
And, when you think about it, when we start the day with a good meal, all activities fall easier for us. However, in recent years, with increased interest in the question of what kind of nutrition is best for humans, contradictory claims have also appeared. One of these claims is that you shouldn’t have breakfast at all.
Not wanting to enter into a debate and leaving it up to everyone how they will start their day, we still cannot avoid some claims based on scientific foundations. Today we have become suspicious of everything and anything. But, we must not ignore that numerous researches prove scientific facts.
Can we even say that one meal is more important than another? What one person considers important may not be the same thing another does. Those who work out first thing in the morning, for instance, are less likely to eat breakfast and more likely to choose for carbohydrate-rich options throughout the day. A considerable amount of data implies that persons who skip breakfast may be at greater risk of illness. It is vital to emphasize that larger-scale studies, as well as long-term effects, must still be evaluated.
The answer, like most things in nutrition, is subtle. While some study indicates that skipping breakfast is not dangerous, other evidence indicates the opposite.
Eating regular meals and snacks, including breakfast, provides more opportunities throughout the day to provide the body with the energy and nutrients it requires for optimal function. A study of nearly 30,000 North Americans found that persons who skip breakfast may be deficient in critical nutrients. The most common nutrients that those who skipped breakfast lacked were: folate, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B3, vitamin C, vitamin D.
The question of how eating breakfast affects body weight did not give advantages to either of the two practices. Researchers found no statistically significant difference between those who ate breakfast and those who did not between the two groups.
No matter your age, eating breakfast has been shown to have favorable impacts on your brain and body, according to experts and existing studies. But, if you wake up without an appetite, eating breakfast might not be the best idea. It’s fine if you don’t have breakfast if you’re on a particular diet, like intermittent fasting, or if you just don’t enjoy it.