Breakfast: Just how important is it?

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Breakfast is the first meal of the day. It literally means to break your fast from the night before. It is regarded as the most important meal of the day.

Food is one of the essentials of life. It is a source of essential nutrients that our bodies need to grow, to heal and to maintain itself. During the night, while we sleep, the body uses a lot of the energy stored for growth and repair. Therefore, having breakfast is important for replenishing body sugar and other nutrients that have been used up.

The importance of breakfast cannot be overemphasized. However, the notion that it is the most important meal of the day remains a debate.

Different studies hold opposing views to the importance of a morning meal and many claim that skipping breakfast can be linked to obesity. Reports have it that this idea was propagated by Seventh Day Adventists -James Caleb Jackson and John Harvey Kellogg- in the 19th century to sell their newly invented breakfast cereal.

The origins of the statement notwithstanding, eating breakfast can help reduce hunger later in the day that may lead to poor food choices e.g overeating or snacking on high fat and high sugar foods. Also, without the morning hunger, you are better able to concentrate and start your day clear-headed.

Take care though, eating heavy can leave you heavy and unproductive.

Perhaps a good way to view breakfast is to change the way we look at food in general. Food is good for us all but there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to food. Understand what works for your body and work with it. The basic idea of any eating pattern should be centered around eating balanced diet – all classes of food in their correct proportion. Eat according to your body, eat to heal and to grow.

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When in doubt, see a doctor or a nutritionist for expert and more personalized advice.

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