Written by Williams ABAH

How eating breakfast benefits human health, says study

Eating breakfast regularly has a lot of health benefits, according to nutritionists. They say it is the most important meal of the day and key to healthy living and lifestyle.

Studies have shown that kids and young adults who go to school without breakfast tend to have a less than impressive performance in school work. It is also the same situation for adults who go to work without breakfast.

“After going for at least seven hours, that is the period you were asleep, without food, I believe it is safe to say that breakfast is something that should not be toyed with. It should be taken seriously.

Even though you were asleep for most of the time, it does not change the fact that you went without food and that after a while, breaking that fast is important,” said Adedamola Ladejobi, a nutritionist and weight loss expert.

Ladejobi, who is also the founder of Askdamz, a weight management and health and wellness company, said that 99% of the healthiest breakfast food should be lightweight.

“Not only do they satisfy you, they do not impede your daily performance but rather, help you perform better. The next time you want to skip breakfast or take food that is unfit to be called a healthy breakfast, think about your mental health, your body system

and your general performance at any cognitive or physical activity,” she said.

Densie Webb, a dietician, said studies have shown that the breakfast meal could contribute important nutrients such as calcium, protein, and fiber to the body.

Webb said despite the nutrients breakfast provides, the morning meal isn’t a part of the daily routine for many children and adolescents, who skip breakfast more than any other meal. Studies have consistently shown that skipping breakfast can have negative health consequences for children, adolescents, and adults.

According to research, breakfast skippers generally fail to make up for the nutrients they miss at breakfast. As a result, those who eat breakfast have better overall eating habits, compared with those who don’t eat breakfast, and they have higher intakes of protein, calcium, vitamin C, zinc, iron, and fiber and lower fat.

According to Carol O’Neil, a dietician and breakfast researcher, he said children and adolescents should be provided with and encouraged to eat healthful food options like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and lean protein.

Experts at Rush University Medical Centre say various studies have shown that the disadvantages of skipping breakfast include being more likely to be overweight, less likely to meet recommendations for fruits and vegetable consumption, and more likely to consume unhealthy snacks.

Recently, in a bid to promote and encourage healthy feeding habits amongst Nigerians, Mamador launched a campaign spurring Nigerians to adopt a healthy and balanced breakfast lifestyle.



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