Sunday, May 07, 2006

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal Of The Day.

While reading the NST today, I chanced upon an article regarding a 'smart camp' organised by Nestle’s Breakfast Cereals in collaboration with the New Straits Times to make children aware of the importance of good nutrition while learning English.
A statement by SK Seri Duyong, Malacca headmaster Mohamad Sarip Husin caught my attention; "A good nutritious breakfast seems to have done wonders for my pupils," he said.

This got me thinking of my friends and colleagues who often complain of 'tummy upset', indigestion and plainly not 'feeling well'. The one thing all of them have in common is they skip breakfast. How do I know? They say it proudly as if some great thing has been achieved. "Nah, I don't have breakfast." As if eating breakfast makes you a cissy.

Remember: Eating breakfast is associated with improved strength and endurance in the late morning, along with a better attitude toward school or work. Breakfast helps to replenish blood glucose levels, which is important since the brain itself has no reserves of glucose, its main energy source, and constantly must be replenished. Studies show that sustained mental work requires large turnover of brain glucose and its metabolic components. When you consider it's been eight or nine hours since you've last had a meal, i.e. dinner or supper, it's obvious that refueling at breakfast will make you feel and perform better during the day.

Researchers at the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School examined whether eating breakfast has any advantageous effects on late-morning mood, satiety or cognitive performance. In a breakfast study while one-third of subjects continued fasting, others ate one of two breakfasts that each contained 450-500 calories. In the high-fiber "balanced" breakfast, 59 percent of calories were supplied by carbohydrates and roughly 20 percent of calories were supplied by protein and fat each. In the low-fiber "unbalanced" breakfast, 61 percent of calories came from carbohydrates, 35 percent were supplied by fat and 4 percent were supplied by protein.

The results? "Eating breakfast of any kind prevented many of the adverse effects of fasting such as irritability and fatigue. Those who ate the balanced breakfast scored significantly higher on tests than those who ate the unbalanced breakfast. In terms of suppressing hunger, the balanced breakfast also was most effective.

**** So there you have it. All you breakfast skippers, think about what you've read here, and if you want to qualitatively improve your life and you want to wake up to a healthy start everyday - Have a good balanced breakfast.

Source: International Food Information Council Foundation.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say for most people, yes. Not for me. I haven't been taking breakfast for almost 10 years. When I do, I'll feel nauseated, even vomit at times. One man's bread is another man's poison. Ciao.

Very interesting site. Keep it up.

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