There is a famous English saying that goes thus-“Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”. We might not all get the royal treatment everyday but there are great benefits to stacking up on some food every morning before getting down to the challenges of the day.
As the name implies, breakfast is breaking of the overnight fast. Not having eaten all night, breakfast is the first meal of the day that replenishes the depleted supplies of glucose within our bodies. Breakfast provides us the necessary nutrients to keep us energetic the rest of day. Research has shown that it is impossible to regain the nutrients you’ll miss by skipping breakfast during the other meals of the day.
The carbohydrates we consume are broken down to produce glucose which serves as the source of energy for our bodies. This glucose stored within our bodies is called glycogen. Having abstained from eating food for long hours, our supplies of glycogen is severely depleted by the morning. Breakfast therefore refreshes our supply of glycogen, gives us the necessary energy booster and speeds up our metabolism.
It is common for some people to skip this holy grail of meals. Perhaps there is lack of time due to the need to rush to work or school or perhaps there is no food available in the house or one might just be too lazy to get out of bed to eat in the morning. Whatever the reason one might have for skipping breakfast, it is clear that the drawbacks are grave.
Skipping breakfast makes children develop more weight than their counterparts who don’t. Eating breakfast helps students in learning as it provides them with the necessary nutrients to stay energetic and focus during lessons. Breakfasts that are high on fiber cereals reduces fatigue in the human body. Children skipping breakfast or not having adequate breakfast are more likely to make poor dietary choices the rest of the day. Skipping breakfast encourages the consumption of junk foods during the rest of the day. Junk foods that are high on cholesterols cause a whole host of diseases especially to children who instead need balanced diets for their growth and development.
The National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom states that “Eating breakfast has long term health benefits. It can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.” Without doubt these non-communicable diseases mentioned here are to blame for many deaths worldwide.
Going by the NHS take on the importance of breakfast, it is necessary to do all that is possible to see to it that the first task of the day is getting something to eat. Perhaps your breakfast might be cereal and milk, or in my case it is normally churai gerteh (rice and peanut porridge) with milk. Either way getting started on something in the belly is a good way to start your day. You want to stay healthy? Then don’t skip the morning meal!