We’ve all heard the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but is it really true? Does it matter if you run out the door with just a coffee in hand or wait until lunch time to eat? The answer is yes for so many reasons. It helps your body refuel after your nightly ‘fast’, sets the tone for the rest of the day and gives you a greater opportunity to consume the nutrients your body needs.
Here’s what you could be missing out on if you skip your morning meal:
- Energy – We need ‘energy’ to fuel the body’s daily internal functions and we obtain energy from the carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the food we eat. By skipping breakfast, you’ll be missing out on an important energy source that the body needs to get through the day. Additionally you’ll probably find that you overcompensate at lunch by eating more and perhaps make unhealthy food choices.
- Protein – Aside from being a source of potential energy, protein is used to build and maintain the body’s cells and tissues including your muscles, cartilage, hair and skin. A healthy breakfast will typically contain some form of protein from eggs, beans or dairy products.
- Fibre – It’s recommended that adults aim to consume 30g of fibre daily, which helps to keep things moving through your digestive tract. Eating breakfast will help you reach that amount. Choose high fibre breakfast foods such as fresh fruit, wholegrain cereals and bread or baked beans.
- Calcium – Typical breakfasts include some form of dairy or calcium-fortified dairy alternative such as cow’s, soy, almond or oat milk. By missing out on breakfast, you may find it difficult to consume all the calcium you need.
- B group vitamins – B group vitamins are needed to make energy from the food we eat and are found in a number of breakfast foods including many cereals and breads, eggs, beans and dairy products.2 If you skip breakfast, you could be missing an opportunity to obtain these important energy enhancers and may feel more tired during the day as a result.
- Vitamin C – A healthy breakfast will often contain some form of fresh fruit, which is a good source of vitamin C, a nutrient that’s necessary for the normal functioning of the immune system.
- Magnesium – Magnesium is needed for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, including the production of energy. If you miss breakfast on a regular basis, you could be missing out on the chance to boost your intake with magnesium-rich breakfast foods such as avocado, spinach, peanut butter, nuts and seeds, soy milk, whole wheat bread, yoghurt, bananas and oats.
Eating breakfast can give you a more nutritionally complete diet and help you meet your daily requirements for certain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. If you diet alone is not meeting your nutritional needs, then consider topping up your intake with a Cenovis® multivitamin such as Cenovis® Once Daily Women’s Multi + Energy Boost or Cenovis® Once Daily Men’s Multi + Performance.