Nutrition and DietWhy is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Do you really know why breakfast is the most important meal of the day?  Discover its importance for the little ones, the young and also the adults.

You will surely remember how your mother insisted every morning telling you that  breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And, indeed, our parents were not lacking in reason (I would even dare to say that if now you are the one who plays the role of father, you will surely say the same to your little ones).

And the fact is that a good breakfast is not only important for children and young people, but also for the elderly; despite the fact that every day we tend to neglect the first meal of the day due to rushing, stress or simply not wanting to eat.

Taking into account that breakfast should contribute between 20 to 25% of the calories consumed each day, it is evident that we are facing an extremely important meal, especially if we take into account that for 8 hours we have not eaten anything (which is the rest period during which we sleep).

The importance of breakfast for children and young people:

Both during childhood and adolescence, children and young people are in continuous physical and intellectual growth. Hence, it is vital to follow a healthy and balanced diet, as a way to provide your body with each and every one of the essential nutrients that they need so much for their growth and development.

In the case of breakfast, we are facing a vital meal because, after 8 hours of fasting, the little one provides his body with food that will be transformed into energy, and that they will use throughout the morning at school or at the institute.

We must pay special attention to making breakfast as balanced and varied as possible, highlighting above all dairy products, cereals, fruits or juice, and healthy fats.

The importance of breakfast in adults:

Obviously, also in adults, breakfast is an equally fundamental meal. As occurs in the smallest, when we sleep at night our body tends to use less energy than during the day when we are active, but also the next morning it needs new foods to be able to nourish itself.

For this reason, when we do not have breakfast, or we do it later than usual (or badly), it is common to feel fatigued, almost fainted, and it is common for our strength and energy to fail us.

What should the perfect breakfast look like?

As has been explained on different occasions, breakfast should account for between 20 and 25% of the calories ingested throughout the day.

As has been shown on many occasions thanks to different studies, it is known that people who eat breakfast correctly obtain the nutrients they need at the beginning of the day for the entire morning, so that everyone who eats a proper breakfast will not feel tired during the morning and you will be able to do the tasks you should without problems.

In addition, having a breakfast rich in fiber helps the bowel movement, so you will prevent the appearance of constipation. But what should the perfect breakfast look like? What should we really have for breakfast?

Here’s what a perfect breakfast should look like, especially what it should contain:

  • Complex carbohydrates: At meals, especially at breakfast, most of the calories must come from complex carbohydrates. Therefore, we must consume some of these foods: whole wheat bread, fruits, grains and whole cereal.
  • Dairy: They are essential for their protein content, in addition to containing calcium, zinc and iron. This group includes milk, cheese, yogurt and those combined with cereals. However, we can also substitute dairy for vegetable drinks, especially if you follow a vegan diet. Rice milk, oat milk, almond milk and soy milk are ideal (but without exceeding the latter).
  • Fruits and natural juices: Fruits are essential in a healthy and balanced diet, as they contain essential vitamins and minerals for the body, and help the proper functioning of the digestive system in general and the intestine in particular.

As we can see, it is actually very easy to prepare a nutritious, healthy and healthy breakfast. It is enough to choose wisely the foods that we are going to consume, and never eat in large quantities, or when we simply do not feel like it.


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