Eating breakfast can help you improve your intake
of important nutrients and fibre. A breakfast consisting of wheat
bran cereal with sliced fruit and milk, and a glass of juice provides
B-vitamins, iron, vitamin C, calcium, protein and fibre. If you
skip breakfast it is difficult to make up for the nutrients you
missed at breakfast later in the day.
Eating breakfast can help you control your food
intake and maintain a healthy weight. Studies show that children
given high fibre foods for breakfast, such as bran cereals, muesli
or oatmeal, causes them to eat less at lunch. Similarly, women who
consistently consumed more fibre-rich grains such as oatmeal and
whole-grain breakfast cereals gained less weight than women who
had less fibre in their diets.
Skipping breakfast may tempt you into having
a high fat mid-morning snack, such as a doughnut, croissant or a
higher fat commercial muffin, to satisfy your hunger. Avoiding breakfast
may also cause you to eat more food than you need later in the day.
Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast regularly are less
likely to be overweight.
A balanced breakfast should include something
from at least three out of the four food groups in Canada's Food Guide. If you simply can't manage
breakfast when you first get up, aim to have a healthy balanced
mini meal sometime later in the morning. Try to include a serving
of cereal or whole grain bread, a serving of milk or yogurt, and
a serving of fruit or juice.
The information provided in this FAQ is not meant to replace medical
advice or treatment. Individuals seeking individual nutrition advice
should contact a Registered Dietitian. To find a dietitian in your
community click on nutrition