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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

Since one is young they hear from doctors and parents not to forget to eat breakfast because it is essential and the most important meal of the day. However, many wonder is it really the most important meal of the day? Therefore I have investigated how eating breakfast affects ones performance throughout the day. I have also investigated whether breakfast has any long-term impact on overall health, as indicated by mortality rates of breakfast eater’s verses people who chose to skip breakfast. “Don’t forget to have a good, healthy breakfast.” I remember since I was little my parents not letting me leave the house till I had breakfast. My teachers were huge on always emphasizing that you should eat breakfast, especially when we had a big test the next day. They said it as if eating breakfast will improve our performance on the test, so is it true, does eating breakfast really improve your performance on things throughout the day?

I have been researching a lot and learning an immense amount about the importance of meals and why you should eat breakfast. Dr. Michael Roizen says, “Indeed, non-breakfast-eaters have a mortality rate that is 1.3 to 1.5 times per year higher than those who eat breakfast regularly.” This is a quote that I found from some of my research and is stating that breakfast is a very important meal that you shouldn’t choose to skip. According to another source, “Those engaging in little leisure time physical activity and those not regularly eating breakfast have mortality risk increases of the same magnitude as current smokers.” This is proven through multiple tests that were experimented and seven main hazard risks for mortality were examined and taken into consideration throughout this experiment, which are: smoking, physical activity, moderate weight, alcohol consumption, hours of sleep, eating breakfast and snacking. The experiments showed the mortality rates taking all these factors into consideration for people that were sixty to sixty-nine years of age. It stated that in an individual model regular breakfast eaters death rate was at a 1.46 and for a combined model which has a control for other factors the death rate is 1.35, the experiment said that 1.0 is a normal death rate and 2.0 would mean that people die at twice the rate that they normally do. Therefore, eating breakfast regularly does affect ones health and could make ones life span increase. This experiment specifically proved that breakfast is a very important aspect to ones life and one shouldn’t simply believe that it is unnecessary and wait till lunch to eat.

Fiber is important to ones health and often taken in by eating breakfast. Roizen stated that another positive effect of eating breakfast is that it makes your cardiovascular and immune system seem younger than it really is. There are multiple reasons for this; one being that a study by the Netherlands showed that eating breakfast boosted a substance in your system called gamma-interferon. Gamma-interferon is a natural antiviral substance and not eating breakfast actually showed a 17% drop in your immune system. Another reason for making your cardiovascular and immune systems healthier is that there is fiber in breakfast items like cereal this prevents lipid build up and helps prevent arterial aging. Humans usually intake 12 grams of fiber a day, but it is recommended that that we should consume at least 25 grams of fiber each day. If one eats this many grams of fiber each day then they will definitely reduce there arterial aging and make their real age as much as two years younger than they actually are. Fiber has many positive effects such as reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes, lower your risk of several forms of cancer, improve cholesterol and blood pressure and help you regulate your digestion. This is one of the main substances in breakfast items that can majorly improve ones life span and the difference of mortality rates between people who eat breakfast and people who don’t.

It is said that if one eats breakfast every morning they have the ability of having a longer life span. It is more likely for a person to get a heart attack in the morning, so them eating breakfast will prevent them from having that heart attack. This is due to the platelets in a human’s body blood clotting cells becoming stickier in the morning and eating breakfast can make them less sticky decreasing the chances of having a heart attack in the morning. This in itself can increase your life span if you eat breakfast because heart attacks are deadly and you can risk getting one by not eating breakfast. To prove this a study of 3,000 people tested by the Harvard Medical School found that obesity and pre-diabetic disorder were 50% lower among people that ate breakfast everyday compared to those who skip it everyone once in awhile or just never eat it at all. This led to being less likely to develop a heart disease and decreasing the chances of having a heart attack. Dr. Mark Periera who led this study says, “Our results suggest that breakfast may really be the most important meal of the day. It appears that breakfast may play an important role in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardio-vascular disease.” This is conveying that people that eat breakfast are less likely to receive diseases and this causes them to have a longer life span and live a healthier life.

We can also look at how breakfast affects our performance throughout our days whether it is at work, school or just being productive. Some people say not eating breakfast in the morning and going to school or work is like running a car with an empty gas tank. You will have no energy to get you through your day and won’t perform with all your ability. What does this evidence say? Ninety-six psychology students from Loyola University in New Orleans participated in a study showing if there was a positive relationship between eating breakfast and their performance in school. They tested this through giving the participants a memory test by reciting 8 words to them and then having them right down as many of the 50 states that they knew and then after that write the eight words that were recited. The results from this study showed that breakfast does affect the skill of memorization. It was visible that student’s performance increased if they ate breakfast; they were more attentive in class, earned higher grades and had less physical, emotional and behavioral issues.

The result of eating breakfast is that you will not be as hungry throughout the rest of the day and it will help control your intake of food. They will not feel the need to snack on fatty and sugary foods throughout the day. Eating breakfast keeps us healthier and in good shape. Teenagers who regularly eat breakfast tend to weigh less and be over all healthier than non-breakfast eaters. Having breakfast in the morning after sleeping and not eating for about eight to twelve hours also gets your body going and starts your bodies metabolism early in the day causing you to intake less calories throughout your day. In a Korean study they proved that humans who did not eat breakfast daily ate more fats throughout the day. This was proven through researchers looking at 415 people ages thirty to fifty and getting all their information including body fat measurements, their food intake for a three whole days, blood pressure and their blood analysis. These 415 people were classified into three groups “regular breakfast eater”, “often breakfast eater”, and “rare breakfast eater.” The result of this experiment was that rare breakfast eaters often tend to eat more throughout the day and make unhealthy choices. The reason for this is that skipping breakfast slows down your metabolic rates and drops your blood sugar level and this causing you to be hungry throughout the day and have less energy which leads to snacking between meals often on high fat foods or eating bigger portions for lunch and dinner. High blood pressures, and high blood sugar levels cause metabolic syndrome, which is why eating breakfast reduces your chances of having metabolic syndrome. Not eating breakfast causes high blood sugars and high blood pressures because you haven’t eaten for seven to twelve hours so you need to break the fast. These are the reasons that eating breakfast is a smart idea for your physical body and health.

Does eating breakfast actually affect ones performances and mortality rate? Through all the research and studies that I investigated it is that breakfast is a very important meal, and one shouldn’t simply believe that it is okay to skip it. It is proved through all my analysis that breakfast has major affects on ones daily life and their physical health throughout ones life. This demonstrates that when doctors, parents, and teachers always tried to persuade children and students to eat breakfast they said it for your own good. They were just looking out for you and teaching you that it is important to not skip breakfast. In conclusion, eating breakfast has a significant impact on everyone’s lives; whether you’re a child, a teen, adult or elder you should always eat breakfast regularly. Eating breakfast affects ones life span and their health, as well as their performance at work or school and their energy throughout the day.

Works Cited

“Mortality Among The Elderly.” PMC. N.p., July 1987. Web. 28 Nov. 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1646902/>.

“Nutrition and Healthy Living Articles.” MealsMatterorg Healthy Recipes. Meals Matter, 2012. Web. 28 Nov. 2012. <http://www.mealsmatter.org/EatingForHealth/Topics/Healthy-Living-Articles/Eating-Breakfast-Helps-Weight-Loss.aspx?articleId=5>.

Ryan, Rosland. “Breakfast Could save Your Life.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, n.d. Web. 28 Nov. 2012. <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-170845/Breakfast-save-life.html>.

Smith, Michael A., MD. “The Life Extension Blog: Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?” The Life Extension Blog: Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day? N.p., 2011. Web. 28 Nov. 2012. <http://blog.lef.org/2012/07/is-breakfast-most-important-meal.html>.


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