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5 More Reasons to Love Breakfast

It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason: Eating breakfast can help control weight, increase energy, and boost your brainpower.

There’s no wrong way to eat breakfast, but there’s so much right about simply having that morning meal. Breakfast lovers seem to know this intuitively, but some of us may need a little nudge to see just how satisfying it can be to start your day with a meal. A good breakfast may help make you healthy, fit, energetic, and maybe even a little smarter. It does wonders for your kids, too. Here are five great reasons to make time for breakfast. 

It does your heart good.

Research from the Harvard School of Public Health showed that men who regularly skipped breakfast upped their risk of heart attack or death from coronary artery disease by 27 percent. It also seemed that those who didn’t eat breakfast were hungrier later in the day and ate more at night, habits that may contribute to heart disease.

It keeps kids healthy and helps them in school.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 20 to 30 percent of adolescents have given up on breakfast entirely—not smart! One study found that teens who ate a daily morning meal were fitter than their breakfast-skipping peers. Research has also shown that kids who eat breakfast have more energy and concentrate better throughout the day.

It keeps you humming till lunch.

It’s not just about having breakfast; you should aim to have a well-balanced breakfast if you want to sail through to midday on maximum brainpower and energy. The ideal is a mix of carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Panera’s Ham, Egg & Cheese Power Breakfast Sandwich has 340 total calories, with a balanced 31 grams of carbohydrates, 16 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fat (7 grams of which are saturated).

It kick-starts your metabolism.

 People who don’t eat in the morning are more than four times more likely to be obese than those who make breakfast a habit, according to research conducted at the University of Massachusetts. In fact, the optimal time for your first meal is within 90 minutes of waking. 

It curbs your cravings.

If you’re looking to cut down on the sweet stuff, don’t forego breakfast. In fact, 90 percent of sugar addicts report skipping it, according to Kathleen DesMaisons, PhD. Eating a balanced first meal with protein and complex carbohydrates prevents drops in blood sugar, which ultimately make you crave sweets more.