December 10th, 2008
I remember sitting at the breakfast table with my mother and grandmother when I was a little boy. They would tell me I couldn’t leave the table until I ate my breakfast – all of it! Even if it meant I was going to be late for school.
I never really understood why it was so important…
Well, guess what?
New research has found that adolescents, who eat breakfast consistently, have a lower Body Mass Index (B.M.I), eat fewer fat calories, and exercise more than teenagers who skipped breakfast, or who only ate breakfast intermittently.
Dr. Mark A. Pereira, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota, has studied childhood obesity, and he believes that “eating a healthy breakfast promotes healthy eating throughout the day, and might help to prevent the eating of fast food and junk food.”
Many researchers also believe that eating first thing in the morning may help stabilize blood sugar levels that can help control cravings, regulate appetite, and make overeating less likely.
Furthermore, adults who ate breakfast everyday, full of whole-grain and fiber-rich foods, were less likely to have blood-sugar problems, diabetes, high cholesterol, and were also less likely to be obese.
I encourage everyone to eat breakfast – everyday, and for the rest of your days.
I truly believe it is the most important meal of the day – My Mama told me so….
What do you eat for breakfast?