Why Breakfast Is So Important

Why Breakfast Is So Important

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After 8 to 12 hours without eating, our brains and bodies are ready to refuel. A breakfast of ready-to-eat cereal can help kick-start our metabolism and set us up for a successful day.

Feed your brain

Breakfast replenishes the fuel that your body uses up while you sleep — it is, as its name betrays, a break from an overnight fast.

Your brain doesn’t have a storage place for fuel, so it’s particularly affected by a lack of food. If glucose, your brain’s fuel source, isn’t refilled after a night’s sleep, your brain doesn’t function at an optimal level. It’s like running a car on empty. Some researchers tell us that eating breakfast on a regular basis simply helps your brain work better. We know it helps us have good overall nutrition.1,2,3

Maintain a healthy weight

Research tells us that children and teenagers who skip breakfast are more likely to be overweight. We’ve also learned that adults who eat breakfast have a higher-quality diet and are better able to control their weight than people who skip this first meal of the day. In fact, 78% of the people listed in the National Weight Control Registry, a database of individuals who successfully lost at least 10% of their body weight and kept it off for at least one year, report eating breakfast every day.2,4

Learn More

Find ways to make breakfast a habit and get great breakfast ideas.

1Rampersaud GC. Benefits of Breakfast for Children and Adolescents: Update and Recommendations for Practitioners. Am J Lifestyle Med 2009;3(2):86-103.
2US Department of Agriculture and US Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010. 7th edition. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office. 2010;1-122.
3Nicklas TA, Bao W, Webber LS, Berenson GS. Breakfast consumption affects adequacy of total daily intake in children. J Am Diet Assoc 1993;93(8):886-891.
4Wyatt HR, Grunwald GK, Mosca CL, et al. Long-term weight loss and breakfast in subjects in the National Weight Control Registry. Obes Res, 2002;10(2):78-82.

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