Breakfast is often referred to as “the most important meal of the day” and with good reason. Breakfast breaks the overnight fast (this also makes sense if you look at the English term “break|fast”). This means it replenishes your glucose stores to increase your energy levels and alertness. At the same time, breakfast provides other important nutrients that are necessary for health.

What exactly are they and what are the other health benefits?

Numerous studies have confirmed the health benefits

According to numerous studies, breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day and the health benefits are undeniable. If you from Sleep When you wake up, you usually haven’t eaten for 10 hours.

Breakfast replenishes the body’s energy and nutrient stores.

Besides improving energy levels, it also helps you focus. In addition, breakfast helps you in your weight management and thus reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes or develop heart disease.

Breakfast - the most important meal of the day
According to numerous studies, breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day and the health benefits are undeniable.

The body’s source of energy

The body needs glucose because it is its source of energy. Glucose is broken down and absorbed by the carbohydrates you eat. Most of its energy is stored by the body as fat, but not all of it. Your body also stores glucose in the form of glycogen in the liver and partly in the muscles.

During periods of fasting (without eating), such as at night, the liver breaks down glycogen and releases it into your bloodstream as glucose to keep your blood sugar levels stable. This process is particularly important for the brain, which depends almost exclusively on glucose for energy.

Long periods without food lower energy levels

If you go 10-12 hours without food in the morning, your glycogen stores are very low.

Once all the energy is used up, your body begins to break down fatty acids.

With these, it produces the energy it needs. It may seem nice for the body to tap into fat stores, but without carbs, these are only partially oxidized. What follows is a decrease in energy level. Breakfast is therefore used to replenish energy levels and restore glycogen levels to keep your metabolic system running smoothly.

Breakfast serves to replenish energy levels and restore glycogen levels
Breakfast serves to replenish energy levels and restore glycogen levels

Essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients

Breakfast foods are rich in important nutrients such as folic acid, calcium, iron, B vitamins, and fiber. In fact, breakfast provides most of the day’s total nutritional intake. People who eat breakfast regularly are more likely to meet the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals than those who don’t.

Essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients help you maintain your health and vitality. Additionally, people who eat breakfast regularly are less likely to be obese or overweight. This is probably because it prevents large fluctuations in blood sugar, which gives them more control over their appetite.

Increased brain power and better decisions

As mentioned earlier, if you skip the first meal of the day, you may feel sluggish and have trouble concentrating. This is because the brain does not have enough energy to function efficiently. In addition to the reduced ability to concentrate, there is also a lack of attention and a decline in the memory performance. This makes some tasks more difficult than usual. This result can already be seen in children and young people, because academically speaking, they do better if they eat something in the morning.

People who eat breakfast generally eat much healthier foods and have better eating habits.

As a result, these people are less hungry during the day and therefore make better choices. It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. In fact, there seems to be something about some advertising slogans: “You’re not you when you’re hungry.”

People who skip breakfast tend to be:

  • The elderly
  • Overweight or underweight
  • Eat badly in general
  • move too little
  • Not getting enough sleep
  • You don’t have time or prefer to sleep longer
  • Try to lose weight
  • Are not hungry in the morning

If you are one of those people who do not eat breakfast, try to compensate for the lack of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals with lunch and dinner if possible.

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