How important is breakfast?

How important is breakfast?

Should you breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper?

When you’re busy it’s easy to miss breakfast, but taking just a few minutes to have something to eat can really make a difference.

Breakfast provides many benefits to health and wellbeing. It provides the body and brain with fuel to start the day!

Ideally breakfast should be eaten within two hours of waking and provide about 20-35% of your guideline daily calorie allowance (GDA).

Apart from providing energy, breakfast foods are good sources of calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre. Fruit and vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals so it’s good to include a portion at breakfast, try a banana or fruit juice.

Breakfast can be good for dieters too, research has shown those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight than those who skip breakfast. If you miss breakfast you’re more likely to pick at high sugar and fatty snacks.

Energy needs

People’s energy needs vary depending on age and activity levels but usually men require more energy than women. Men need about 2500 kcals and women about 2000 kcals per day.

Cognitive function

Breakfast restores glucose levels, which is needed for the brain to function. Eating breakfast can improve memory and concentration levels and it can also improve mood and lower stress levels.

Long term health

Eating breakfast has long term health benefits. It can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. National Health Service

Forming good eating habits in childhood and maintaining them throughout adolescence may develop good habits that last a lifetime.

If you don’t have time to eat before leaving the house come into The Office Canteen to start your day well because we’re well aware the importance of a good breakfast, that’s why we’re open from 7am. So come along for a healthy, hearty start to your day.

2018-03-12T16:02:42+00:00

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