We have heard this since generations: our breakfast should be large, and we should never skip it.
But, how many of us really understand why it is considered the most important meal of the day? Besides the age old experience and stories, there’s also scientific logic behind it and that is, it breaks overnight fasting by replenishing the supply of glucose and provides other nutrients to keep the body’s energy levels up for the day. That is why we should eat breakfast like a king, and thus, eat a significant portion of our daily meals in the morning, to give ample energy to the body to sustain throughout the day.
Let’s understand what we mean by “Glucose”- it is the source of energy for the body. Whatever we eat is broken down and absorbed from the carbohydrates we eat. In the morning, after 8-10 hours of sleep, our body has been without food; thus, the body’s glycogen level gets lower than it should be. Glycogen is the glucose that stores in our muscle tissues and liver, where it’s released slowly overnight to keep our blood sugar levels stable. Once all energy from the glycogen stores has been used, our body starts to break down fatty acids to produce the energy it needs. The low carbohydrate in the body can cause reduced energy levels. Glucose is pure sugar, and it is a subcategory of carbohydrates; plants naturally make it. Eating breakfast restores glycogen stores and boosts our energy levels.
Breakfast provides an essential portion of the total nutrient intake of the day. It gives us the opportunity to eat foods with full spectrum of macronutrients as well as nutrients such as vitamins & minerals, which can be absorbed and utilized by the body slowly throughout the day.
Despite knowing the importance of the first & foremost meal of the day, some people tend to skip their breakfast due to lack of time to cook, unavailability of readymade food, and various other reasons. However, you are busy only while your health lasts hence to retain that health make time for breakfast. Plan your meals ahead of the day; make necessary arrangements, whether to cook the previous night, or store sufficient supply of ready to eat food etc. or at least carry fresh fruits to eat on the go, if you are really in a rush.