Some can’t live without it; others would rather sleep in. Break down the myths and truths surrounding the first meal of the day.
Most of us grew up hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But is it really so crucial to kick off the day with a full meal? Are late-sleepers justified in choosing a few extra zzz’s over a full stomach? What’s fact, and what’s fiction?
Myth 1: Breakfast is a healthy choice.
Fact: Not all breakfast foods are created equal. The healthiest breakfasts include a balance of whole grain, protein, and fruit or 100 percent fruit juice.
Myth 2: Skipping breakfast will help with weight loss.
Fact: While cutting back on food consumption might seem like an obvious diet tip, some research indicates that skipping breakfast may hurt instead of help you by making you more likely to overeat later in the day. Instead, stick to a well-balanced, regular eating schedule that includes a healthy breakfast.
Myth 3: Breakfast doesn’t make a difference.
Fact: Studies have found that eating a healthy breakfast improves concentration, boosts performance, provides additional physical endurance, and lowers cholesterol levels. Breakfast is particularly important for children and adolescents, with breakfast eaters found to have better problem-solving and hand-eye coordination skills.
Myth 4: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Fact: There is not one “most important” meal of the day — it all comes down to the quantity and quality of calories consumed throughout the day, and not the time at which they’re consumed. While this research may knock breakfast from its long-time pedestal, it reiterates the truth that healthy eating is a series of conscious choices that start when you wake up and continue until your head hits the pillow.<hr></hr>
Myth 5: There’s no time to eat breakfast.
Fact: Plenty of breakfasts are easy to prepare the night before and grab for an on-the-go meal. Consider a healthy breakfast sandwich, fruit smoothie, or a container of yogurt you can eat during your commute. We’ve got you covered with easy recipes you can prep the night before: