Why is it so important to eat breakfast?

As a word, ‘breakfast’ shows the obvious answer to this question. In English it refers to breaking the fast while asleep. It relates to the most important meal of the day after the period of the prior night. (citation). It is very important to get high fibre nutrition into the body when most of the calories are burned during the night. That is how your ‘battery’ gets charged and, depending on what you include in your breakfast, lasts!

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits of non-skipping breakfast:
I. Less body fat
II. Less chronic, non-communicable disease
III. Improved learning/retention
IV. Improved mood
V. Better food choices later in the day
VI. Improved energy
VII. Muscle preservation
VIII. Increased strength
IX. Lower cholesterol
X. Improved bowel movements
XI. Balanced blood sugars

The most important health benefit you get out of breakfast is increasing your metabolic rate, the rate at which your body burns energy. This depends on what nutritional choices you supply your body with, for example the macro and micronutrients (e.g. carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, etc.) your body needs (citation).

Type of breakfast by the country and part of the world

Okinawa
This country is unique by having the largest life expectancy of the whole planet, low levels of various chronic disease and more active, meaning more people reach older age than the global average individual. This is because they include in their breakfast meals include loads of high fibre, protein, mineral products (such as seaweed & sea vegetables), green tea, miso & noodle soup, veggie stir-fry, tofu, broiled/grilled fish and eggs.

Iceland
As a country, Iceland is unique because of its low levels of depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder and post-partum depression despite long winters and little sunlight. A typical Icelandic breakfast includes whole grains, yogurt, bilberries, meats, cheese, fish and eggs.

Greece
They are practically a unique country because of low levels of cardiovascular disease. A typical Greek breakfast includes whole grain bread, jam, yogurt with honey, Greek coffee, eggs, olives and feta cheese.

Copper Canyon Mexica (Tarahamura Indians)
Mexico is famous for its low levels of type-2 diabetes. This is because they have a high protein breakfast that includes corn, corn meals, corn tortillas, beans, squash, eggs, chillies and herbs.

China
China is unique because of its high population and its low BMI levels. A Chinese breakfast usually includes steamed breads, tea, soy milk, tofu, hard boiled eggs, rice porridge and rice noodles.

Southern Africa
People in Africa’s southern territories carry low levels of cancer and optimal digestive health. Their typical breakfast includes millet, matoke, fruits and nuts.

These countries’ nutritional practices carry different types of health benefits. We can summarise all and combine them for a greater breakfast.

I. Take your time and pace yourself when eating, if you don’t want to allow time in the morning, prepare food ahead of time
II. Include some protein dense food.
III. Eat enough food.
IV. Eat real, unprocessed food.
V. Don’t be afraid of vegetables, or eating “dinner food” (like chicken and salad, or turkey/vegetarian chili) for breakfast.
VI. Try whole grains (real whole grains like oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth, sprouted grains, etc.)
VII. Establish a routine that you can stick to

Always remember to balance your diet with exercise. The food nutritional intake should not exceed the total burn calorie count. Comparing foods with the type of activities we do we can improve levels of health but can also make us feel much happier!