We've all heard it a million times. . .
'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!'
The question is though, why? By reading and understanding the information below, you will begin to understand not just why breakfast is important, but also, how important it really is to everyone's long term health and well-being.
Carbohydrate Based Breakfast - In the morning, simple carbohydrates (sugary refined cereals, white bread, toast etc) cause an immediate surge in blood sugar, which results in a substantial release of insulin from our pancreas.
The insulin removes most of the sugar from our blood, turning the excess sugar into fat. This decreased level of blood sugar results in a further craving for carbohydrates.
This vicious cycle constitutes one of the major reasons for diabetes, high blood pressure and weight gain .
Skipping Breakfast - When we skip breakfast, our blood sugar drops below the normal level , leading to cravings and a drop in energy.
To deal with cravings, we usually revert to snacking on simple carbohydrates, causing a rapid rise in blood sugar levels and a substantial insulin emission. The insulin removes most of the sugar from the blood and turns any excess into fat. Our body, now low in blood sugar, experiences further cravings and a drop in energy.
This vicious cycle constitutes one of the major reasons for diabetes, high blood pressure and extra weight.
Balanced Breakfast - A balanced breakfast supplies our body with vital nutrients and energy without increasing blood sugar and insulin levels, and helps to avoid dependence on carbs during the day.
In this way, appetite stays under control, cravings for carbs diminish and our body uses its fat stores for energy resulting in Healthy Weight Loss.