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Published on March 16, 2015

Better Breakfasts Lead to Better Health

How many times have you heard it’s important to start your day with a good breakfast? Despite hearing that advice for years, American breakfast-eating is steadily decreasing even while obesity is increasing.

Dr. Jennifer Scheeler, a family medicine physician with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, says, “A nutritious breakfast is important for the whole family. Kids who eat breakfast tend to be more successful in school but more than that, it’s important to help fuel their growing bodies and developing brains. Adults need breakfast to aid with weight control and help prevent diseases.”

Recent studies show:

  • A high protein breakfast may reduce food cravings and increase dopamine (a brain chemical associated with feeling good).
  • Men who skip breakfast are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes.
  • Breakfast skippers tend to consume more calories throughout the day.

A Better Breakfast

  • Skip the doughnuts and bacon and other high-fat, sugary foods.
  • Reach for protein found in eggs, beans, low-fat cheese and lean meats.
  • Look for whole-grain versions of muffins, cereal, bagels and waffles.
  • Eat seasonal fresh fruit or frozen fruit in smoothies and yogurt.
  • Add veggies to eggs or drink vegetable juice.

Check out these time-saving breakfast tips.

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Better Breakfasts Lead to Better Health