You skip breakfast, and suddenly your palate craves high-sugar fatty foods. You’ve heard nutritionists and medical experts emphasize how vital breakfast is but never gave it much thought. Why the obsession over eating breakfast today when it was all but significant before the 19th century. The negative sides of not having your morning meal – poor concentration, overeating, diabetes, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) problem, and heart disease. Researchers found a correlation between unhealthy breakfast habits and these conditions.
How breakfast became a culture
A few centuries ago, you could eat whatever, however, and whenever you wanted to without fearing consequences. Perhaps the epoch-making Industrial Revolution marks a pivotal point when eating morning meals became so sensationalized. As women took on the working-class title, it meant morning meals for the kids had to be fast and nutritious. With the hours of sitting and standing, fears of indigestion grew and inspired the “big breakfast” trend. Society soon placed incredible emphasis on eating healthy, a culture shift that prompted the religious to indoctrinate vegetarian dishes. Today, society still considers the “first meal” the most essential of the day.
Why is breakfast so essential?
In 2006, the New York Times referenced a 1999 Psychological Behavior study that examined the effects breakfast has on the body. One revelation that stood out is that skipping breakfast could impact energy levels and memory negatively. The latest research reveals that you are less likely to experience indigestion if you eat breakfast religiously. In 2013, research findings published by the Italian Journal of Pediatrics (IJP) found that breakfast had positive effects on cognitive function and intuitive perception. It also found that it played a role in improving body mass index (BMI) and overall health. Further observational studies conclude that practicing healthy breakfast eating habits may help you control your weight better.
Kickstart your metabolism:
Breakfast contains essential vitamins, trace elements, minerals as well as micro and macronutrients. It helps you regulate the energy you need to function at an optimal level and burn calories. Naturally missing your first meal of the day will make you feel less energetic. It typically disrupts your body’s eating and fasting cycle, which plays a vital role in brain function. Also, breakfast supplies essential nourishment to support your muscles and other organs.
Maintain your weight:
Some studies out there argue that breakfast helps you keep your weight in check. Although researchers have established a correlation between eating breakfast and maintaining a healthy weight, you need the right diet. That said, you should manage how often, when, and what you consume daily. Nutritionists recommend including beneficial nutrients, grains, dairy, and fruits in your daily diet.
Mental health balance:
New studies found a relationship between delaying or skipping breakfast and depression. You are less likely to develop depression if you eat on time and consume nutritious meals, especially during breakfast. Researchers found that eating breakfast can lower the risk of developing bipolar disorder, dysthymia, and related mood disorders. Having a consistent breakfast routine helps you to keep your circadian clock in check. If you do not, it can also trigger hormonal effects, a primary causative influence of stress eating.