The most important meal of the day

We all know breakfast is the most important meal for the day but do you know why? Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre.

The body needs these essential nutrients and research shows that if these are missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day.

Getting the balance right

When you sleep, your metabolism slows because your body has fewer requirements. Starting your day with breakfast initiates the metabolic process of digesting and transporting food.

Avoiding illness

People who eat breakfast are half as likely to have blood-sugar problems, which can increase the risk of developing diabetes, having high cholesterol, and risk factor for heart disease.

Turn that frown upside down

Researchers believe that eating first thing in the morning may help to stabilise blood sugar levels, which regulate appetite and energy, making you feel ready to face anything the day has to throw at you.

Staying in shape

People who eat breakfast were third less likely to be obese compared to those who skipped the meal. 78% of people who lose weight and keep it off long term have breakfast regularly

Boosting brain power

Your brain needs fuel just as the rest of your body does. After fasting overnight, your brain’s supply of glucose, its main source of energy, is depleted. Having a good breakfast gives your brain the fuel it needs.