Benefits of Breakfast
Eating breakfast is beneficial for both the body and the mind in several ways:
- People who eat breakfast consume more essential nutrients which are necessary for a healthy body and lifestyle (6, 10, 11, 32)
- People who eat breakfast tend to be slimmer than those who skip breakfast (7, 9, 11, 17, 19, 22, 23, 26)
- Eating breakfast contributes to cognitive performance - it improves concentration and fuels physical activity (3, 24, 33)
- Breakfast provides many nutritional and health benefits for children (34, 35, 38)
What you choose to eat at breakfast can affect your mood, physical and mental performance, weight, and your general and long-term health.
Eating breakfast is particularly important for active people who have high energy, vitamin and mineral requirements. In addition, eating breakfast can help improve mental alertness and physical performance (3, 19, 27, 30, 41, 43).
Breakfast is also an excellent occasion to eat together with the family, and indeed children who eat with their parents in the morning have more nutritious breakfasts (37). Eating a nutritious breakfast develops good eating habits that will last a lifetime (19).