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Food Testing Experts: Breaking the Fast, our morning meal.

Posted by Ivy Cho on Wed, Jan, 16, 2013 @ 13:01 PM

Fun facts about breakfastThink about. We sleep eight hours (well we try at least) digesting and being without food so when we wake up our muscles and brain need energy and fuel to function. Most importantly, our brains needs glucose as its main fuel, which comes from (Where else?) food. It’s why every morning everyone should have a chance to “break the fast” from the night's rest, aka breakfast.

I don’t know about you, but I get cranky without food, so it's not a good idea to start the day off cranky. Having breakfast early increases the metabolic rate and kicks start your day. If you skip breakfast, your body will hold onto the nutrients from dinner the night before until you have lunch. Ever get those grumbling noise from your stomach around 11AM? It’s your stomach saying “feed me!” Since you waited till lunch to give your body fuel, your body will hold onto the nutrients from lunch as long as possible rather than burn it right away. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual and high-calorie food at that. (I’m a culprit!) 

Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

  1. Feeding your body food in the morning tells your brain to wake up and get to work! It wakes up your body’s system and revs up the metabolism so it continuously throughout the day.
  2. It stops you from binging! You’re more likely choose a lunch high in fat and calories to gratify your hunger from the morning. Hence, you end up packing on more calories (and pounds) than if you'd had breakfast.
  3. Start your day off bright, like the sun! You won’t be starving so that already will get you off in a better mood and stay that way. The nutrients provide enough energy to keep you going through the day.  

It’s hard to eat breakfast, I know. It’s hard for me too. However, here are some quick, healthy breakfast solutions that can be made the night before or taken on the run.

Better Breakfast Solutions

  • Instant oatmeal or cream of wheat
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Whole wheat bread or English muffins
  • Fresh or dried fruits
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Quiche
What's your favorite breakfast item? Let me know in the comments below. Also, be sure to share the good word about making time to break the fast every morning!

Topics: food safety, food testing, food fun facts, ivy cho

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