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Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

posted Mar 5, 2018, 10:02 AM by Stephanie Brozovich

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? This a very common saying that you’ve most likely heard more than once — without realizing the truth of the saying. Harvard University researchers hypothesize that remaining in a fasting state after your sleep is stressful and makes the body work harder, causing metabolic changes. You may not realize it at the moment, but regularly skipping breakfast can have a long term effects on your health.

Studies from Harvard University showed that men who skipped breakfast had a 27 percent greater risk of heart attack or heart disease. Another study on women who regularly didn't eat breakfast showed they have a 20 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Not only can skipping breakfast affect your physical health, but it can also affect your mental state throughout the day. These health problems can also lead to fatigue and memory problems throughout the day.

A similar study tested how those who skip breakfast perform on a memory and fatigue level at noon. Not surprising to hear, those who skipped performed worse on the memory test and had the highest level of fatigue at noon. These effects of skipping breakfast can throw off your entire day — from simply being tired to struggling to remember things

These effects make skipping breakfast not worth it. For students, it may result in a bad test score or not being able to stay awake during class, which will lead to poor grades. Students should make sure they eat breakfast in the morning to prevent these problems. Skipping breakfast is not worth the risk of a bad days that can lead to possible regrets. Prevent all these worries by simply eating breakfast.