What’s your typical pick for a morning meal? Does it involve a cup of coffee with toast and fruit? Maybe some oatmeal with chia seeds? Or perhaps a protein-packed smoothie?
Whatever healthy option suits you best, it’s good to know that eating breakfast is good for your health. Not only is it a nice, peaceful start to the day — before all the stresses of family, work and obligations come full throttle — but there’s also a ton of research suggesting it’s actually good for your brain and bodily health. Click through the slideshow for some reasons why eating breakfast is good for you, and be sure to share your favorite healthy breakfast pick in the comments below! And for advice on building a healthy breakfast, click here.
A 2003 study in a href=”http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/158/1/85.full”the emAmerican Journal of Epidemiology/em /ashowed that people who skip breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be obese than those who take a morning meal.
The study, which included 499 people whose diets were tracked over a year-long period, also showed that a href=”http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/158/1/85.full”eating out for dinner and breakfast/a are linked with obesity risk.
…Are All-Around Healthier
A study presented in 2003 at the American Heart Association’s annual conference showed that not only are breakfast-eaters less likely to be obese, they’re also more likely to a href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2824987.stm”have good blood sugar levels/a and less likely to be hungry later on in the day, BBC News reported.
“Our results suggest that breakfast may really be the a href=”http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2824987.stm”most important meal of the day/a,” study researcher Dr. Mark Pereira, of Harvard Medical School at the time, told BBC News. “It appears that breakfast may play an important role in reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”
…Feel More Energized
Eating a breakfast that’s high in fiber and carbohydrates could help you feel less tired throughout the day, according to a 1999 study in a href=”http://www.colorado.edu/intphys/Class/IPHY3700_Greene/pdfs/atkins/Holt.pdf”the emInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition/em/a.
Researchers found that when people ate a high-fat, low-carb breakfast, they a href=”http://www.webmd.com/diet/fiber-health-benefits-11/fatigue-fighters-six-quick-ways-boost-energy”had more energy/a throughout the day compared with people who ate a high-fat breakfast, WebMD reported.
…Have Better Cholesterol Levels
A study in a href=”http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/81/2/388.abstract?cited-by=yeslegid=ajcn;81/2/388″the emAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition/em/a showed that breakfast-skippers are more likely to have worse cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity than breakfast-eaters.
The study also showed that the breakfast-eaters consume about a href=”http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500368_162-673419.html”100 fewer calories/a a day, compared with people who skip their morning meal, CBS News reported.
Eating high-energy foods for breakfast could help to a href=”http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/019700709190042K”boost short-term memory/a, according to a study of 319 teens (between ages 13 and 20) in the emJournal of Adolescent Health/em.
Researchers also found that eating a high-calorie breakfast actually seemed to emhinder/em concentration.
…Consume More Nutrients
People who rarely eat breakfast a href=”http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22125684″consume more fat and fewer nutrients/a — like calcium, potassium and fiber — than regular breakfast-eaters and “often” breakfast-eaters, according to a 2011 study in the journal emNutrition Research and Practice/em.
…Have An Excuse To Eat Healthy Breakfast Foods
Breakfast-eaters have an excuse to consume healthy breakfast-time foods like oatmeal, eggs, grapefruit and coffee.
Oatmeal has been shown in many studies to be a href=”http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-01/uok-ohc010808.php”good for cholesterol levels/a, and research has also shown that it could help a href=”http://ase.tufts.edu/psychology/spacelab/pubs/MahoneyEtAl.pdf”improve children’s memory/a and attention skills when eaten for breakfast, compared with ready-to-eat cereals.
Grapefruit is high in vitamins C and A, and has also been shown in a emClinical Cancer Research/em study this year to a href=”http://www.ivillage.com/grapefruit-juice-may-give-boost-cancer-treatment-study/4-a-478748″boost the beneficial effects of cancer drugs/a, HealthDay reported.
Eating eggs for breakfast has been linked to a href=”http://www.jacn.org/content/24/6/510.full”increased satiety /aemand/em less food consumed later in the day, compared with eating bagels for breakfast, according to a 2005 study in the emJournal of the American College of Nutrition/em. (The study was funded by the Egg Nutrition Center.)
And coffee, of course, has been linked to a a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/31/coffee-health-benefits_n_1064577.html#slide=440649″whole host of health benefits/a, from a decreased risk of depression to a lower risk of some cancers and Type 2 diabetes.
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