Breakfast is a great way to kick-start the day with loads of nutrition into your diet. A healthy breakfast is one that contains both rich proteins and complex carbohydrates with a touch of healthy oils to keep your blood sugar levels steady and energy levels high. Keeping blood sugar levels steady is of utmost importance to diabetics as well. Breakfast also, is a very important meal for pregnant women who can tend to have low sugars in the morning. But several people skip breakfast, citing common excuses and myths. This is why it is so important to bust the myths around breakfast.
Myth 1: Carbs should be avoided
Carbs aren’t inherently bad for you. However, no study has ever found any benefit from giving up any food group or nutrient altogether in any meal. Health agencies do not recommend avoiding carbs in breakfast or in any other meal. An ideal breakfast would be a combination of fiber rich foods along with good proteins. Some carbs are definitely better for you than others. . Whole grains are good: 100% whole-wheat bread, paired with some natural peanut butter, that’s a good breakfast.
Myth 2: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
No single meal is more important than others. It’s the total number of calories you consume in a day that determines weight loss, not the time you eat. Frankly, breakfast is optional. If you feel hungry in the morning, eat. If you aren’t hungry, don’t eat. Let hunger control when you eat.
Myth 3: Fruits juices are healthy breakfast options
Fruit juices whether fresh or packaged, are poor sources of nutrients. Removing the outer skin and seeds, and the mechanical processing to extract the juice renders the juice devoid of key nutrients like fiber, and water soluble vitamins. All that is left behind is simply sugars in the juice. It is always better to eat whole fruits instead.
Myth 4: Eating breakfast helps to control hunger
There are no guarantees that eating breakfast will help you eat less in other meals. Breakfast skippers were hungrier during lunchtime; they consumed 400 calories less at the end of the day compared to breakfast eaters. Note that eating certain foods for breakfast can help control hunger. These are foods which are high in protein, rich in fiber and non-processed.
Myth 5: Breakfast cannot be well balanced
A healthy breakfast consists of milk, fruits, and cereal. It is up to us to keep it balanced, as a single food item cannot possibly contain all nutrients. While any breakfast may be better than no breakfast, there are some foods you might want to avoid because they’re high in sugars, sodium, saturated fats and calories.