You might think that the recommendation not to skip breakfast is just plain good advice. After all you need enough fuel to make it through the morning, right?
Breakfast foods are rich in key nutrients such as folate, iron, B vitamins and fibre. Breakfast provides a lot of your day’s total nutrient intake. In fact, people who eat breakfast are more likely to meet their recommended daily intakes of vitamins and minerals than people who don’t.
Breakfast and Your Weight
Can a morning meal be good for your waistline? Some studies say yes. Researchers have found that on average, people who eat breakfast are thinner than those who don’t. That could be because eating foods with protein and fiber in the morning keeps your appetite in check the rest of the day.
But it doesn’t guarantee you’ll fit into those skinny jeans. A recent study compared weight loss among people who ate breakfast with those with didn’t. The meal didn’t make any difference.
If you’re dieting, don’t think cutting calories by skipping the meal will help. Studies show that most people who lose weight and keep the weight off eat breakfast every day.
On the other hand, you need to pay attention to what, when, and how much you eat. One study showed that people who had large breakfasts ate more during the day.
Improve heart health
The morning is when your body is most insulin-sensitive — when it uses blood sugar more effectively. So it’s a great time to choose fiber-filled carbs that’ll help you get 25 grams or more of dietary fiber a day to help lower your cholesterol.
And if you’re looking for heart-healthy breakfast options, here are five to consider.
Helps Manage Your Appetite
Starting your day with foods that are rich in high-quality protein and/or fiber like yogurt, milk, eggs, oatmeal, cottage cheese, and fruit are especially filling and packed with nutrition. As a result, you may feel more satisfied with smaller portions than if you consumed foods that may contain empty calories and nutrients.