Byline: G. Pal
It has recently been observed that increase in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in Indian population, especially in younger age group is mostly related to the bad nutrition and poor breakfasts. Breakfast is the first meal of the day eaten in the morning. It provides the body with fuel by breaking our overnight fast and from this the name comes as breakfast. The famous phrase "Breakfast like a king, Lunch like a prince, and Dine like a pauper" is quoted more often than actually practiced in the modern era due to either ignorance or improper lifestyle habits. A lot of research has been done to validate this old saying, and all of them support the importance of a proper breakfast on a regular basis. Therefore, we wanted to highlight this basic aspect of our daily life to promote good health and awareness among our readers as a part of preventive and promotive physiology.
Why do people skip breakfast or eat it poorly? Some individuals do not feel hungry in the morning. Lack of sleep or heavy dinner in the previous night, lack of time to get ready in the morning, or the hurry to school/college/office are some of the common reasons cited. [sup]
Ideally, the breakfast should be eaten within 2 h after waking up. However, the modern lifestyle has changed the morning routine in last few decades. Nowadays, many schools, colleges, offices start early in the morning. Hence, the time to prepare a good breakfast also decreases, and it becomes difficult for the wife or mother to cope with this demanding routine on a daily basis. The people at house responsible for sending the office goers and children often neglect their own breakfast timing to cater to other's needs.
So, what does one lose by decreasing the quantity and/or quality of a good breakfast? A good breakfast comes loaded with energy, proteins, vitamins, and essential minerals. An ideal breakfast must consist of 20-35% of daily calorie requirement. A proper breakfast eaten regularly can: [sup]
*Provide essential fuel for body and mind *Boost cognitive function *Kick starts metabolism *Helps...