posted Nov 3, 2011, 6:53 AM by Jeanna Tachiki

There is a common belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but is that really true? Well, research supports that breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day. There are many reasons why breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

            Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it replenishes your fuel after a night of sleep. When we sleep, our body is still working by using energy to keep the heart beating and the lungs working properly. However, when we sleep we do not replenish this energy that the body uses. Hence, in the morning when we wake up we have to make sure that we replenish our energy sources in order for all of the body organs to work properly. A major organ that needs fuel in order to work properly is the brain. Again, after a night’s sleep energy levels are low, specifically glucose. The main fuel used by the brain is glucose. By eating breakfast, you are replenishing your glucose stores which are then used by the brain to work throughout the day.

            The dietary guidelines for Americans recommend variask us to get many different nutrients during the day, but do not always tell us how to go about and get all of the needed nutrients. A great way to get all of the nutrients needed in a day is to eat breakfast. Eating breakfast allows you get more of the vitamins and minerals needed. The reason for this is simple, when you eat a healthy breakfast, you eat more foods that contain those nutrients. When you skip breakfast, you lose out on the chance of getting your nutrients for the morning.

            Weight loss is an issue that many people deal with in today’s society. Eating breakfast is one way to lose weight. Now wait, it does not make sense. How can you lose weight when you are EATING? Well, the answer is that when you eat breakfast, you get energy to move during the day. This energy can be used to exercise and burn calories. The other reason why breakfast may help you lose weight is because when people skip breakfast in the morning, they tend to compensate later on during the day with high caloric snacks. These snacks are high and calories ultimately lead to weight gain. Eating breakfast prevents you from eating these high caloric snacks.

            Eating breakfast has its many benefits; it can help you replenish your energy, get all of the nutrients needed in a day, and may help you lose weight. Now you know some reasons why breakfast is called the most important meal of the day. Can you think of other reasons?
By Cristian Mendoza, Loyola University Dietetic Intern