Here’s the thing. We hear it all the time: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But here at Woozy, we want proof! What makes breakfast so special?
What’s the harm in not eating breakfast?
A study by Harvard University found that men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% increase of heart attack or dying because of coronary heart disease over men who ate breakfast.
Women who sometimes ate breakfast had a 20% higher risk of contracting type 2 diabetes, a 54% higher chance if they were full-time working women who sometimes ate breakfast (according to a second Harvard study).
The reason? Skipping breakfast deprives your body of the essential nutrients it requires after fasting all night. As a result, your body may suffer from heightened blood pressure, insulin resistance, changes in metabolism, and other complications leading to serious health problems.
Kids NEED breakfast!
Kids are especially prone to health risks from missing out on their morning meal. Their growing bodies need their essential nutrients.
However, what they eat is just as important as if they eat. Breakfast foods provide the perfect opportunity for kids to receive the whole grains (toast), fiber (cereal), calcium, and vitamin D (milk and dairy) that they need for bone growth and overall good immunity.
Food = Brainpower
Kids who fuel up on carbohydrates and protein before school also demonstrate better concentration, participation, and ability to handle complex problems in the classroom, according to a report by Livestrong.
Studies dating as far back as the 1950s support this. Children who eat breakfast consistently perform better on memory and verbal tests, proving that breakfast doesn’t just supply the body with essential nutrients, but also fuels the brain with things like glucose, which it needs for optimal performance.
All in all, breakfast helps us start each and every day on a high note. So whether it be a full-blown, decadent meal, or a granola bar on the fly, make sure that you and your kids eat your morning meals.