“Although it seems an innocent enough thing to do, skipping breakfast is actually not good for your health.
Studies have shown that neglecting to eat breakfast can increase your risk of heart disease, as it increases the formation of fatty plaques in your blood vessels.
People who skip the first meal of the day may also have a lower intake of recommended vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre in comparison to those who eat breakfast. This is especially true if compared to a meal containing wholegrains, whole fruit, low-fat milk or ready-to-eat cereals. Breakfast is an ideal opportunity to eat foods that are rich in B vitamins, folate, iron and fibre.
Eating breakfast has also been shown to be important for alertness and concentration. So, if you have a busy day, breakfast is a way to ensure maximum efficiency. If you are running out of time or don’t feel hungry in the morning, you can always drink your breakfast. Having a smoothie that contains low-fat milk, yoghurt and fruit is an easy and nutritious option that you can drink on the run.”
– Lisa Renn, Accredited Practising Dietitian with Body Warfare.