Skipping Breakfast

Villeda Lira, Jose

     The pleasant aroma of hot coffee and the smell of sweet pancakes fill the air; breakfast, why is it so important? Studies have shown that up to 25% of Americans skip breakfast daily, that’s more than 13 million people. Experts say that people who eat breakfast, most likely don’t overeat in the day and found no difference in weight between those who eat breakfast and those who don’t. As more people skip breakfast, know what risks you’re getting yourself into. 

     Breakfast-eaters tend to have lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Although skipping breakfast actually seems to break down more of people’s stored fat, but researchers say it can have a drawback. It impairs your body’s metabolic flexibility, your body’s ability to switch between burning fat or carbohydrates. This can create “a long term of low-grade inflammation and damage the body’s glucose homeostasis,” they wrote. Which can raise the risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes as up to 43%. In Addition, those who skip breakfast to lose weight, most likely backfires because of overeating and unhealthy snacks later in the day. 

     Carbohydrates not only helps on your diet, but is also essential for healthy brain functioning. By consuming breakfast to start of your day, you can improve your memory and concentration levels, as well as improving your mood and stress. Different studies amongst children have shown that kids who eat breakfast tend to have higher cognitive skills and perform better at school. Helping you score higher on academic tests.

      At the end of the day, breakfast is optional and it all rolls up to a personal preference. If you feel hungry in the morning and you like breakfast, go ahead and eat a healthy breakfast to jumpstart your day with a full stomach.