|Breakfast has long been identified as important for children. But what about adults? Lately, researchers have been paying more attention to the value of a good breakfast in an adult’s busy day and have found it is, indeed, as valuable to adults as it is to children.
Findings from the Bogalusa (Louisiana) Heart Study and from the University of Wales-Swansea in the United Kingdom (where researchers compared three studies of adults and breakfast) underscored the benefits of starting the day with more than just a jolt of java:
Benefits of Breakfast
Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day, because it “breaks” a night-long “fast.” But it’s best to make your A.M. meal count. Of those people who actually eat a morning meal, many choose foods high in fat and sodium?quite possibly the result of a drive-thru encounter or a commercial pastry come-on or even an old-fashioned sit-down overindulgence.
For alternatives, EN has compiled some healthful breakfast ideas that even the busiest person can fit into a hectic day. Give them a try and see what a difference the morning meal makes!
You just can’t beat that old standby, cereal, for a healthful start. Oatmeal is great, of course, but not really summer fare. The best ready-to-eat cereals have at least five grams of fiber and limit sugar to no more than eight grams per serving.
Whole-grain breads (bagels, English muffins) are more great choices to start the day. Instead of topping with butter, cream cheese or jam, try peanut butter, a slice of cheese or even hummus.
Off the Beaten Path
Don’t feel obliged to stick with traditional breakfast options. Try these:
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