A well-balanced diet should include morning meals
WHY IS BREAKFAST THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY?
Encourages healthier eating
Those who eat breakfast 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.
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.
Kickstarts your metabolism
Getting your metabolism working early helps burn calories throughout the day. Skipping breakfast tells your body to conserve, rather than burn, extra calories.
Boosts energy levels
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.
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.
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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