Breakfast improves health, allows for more energy throughout day

From kick-starting metabolism to helping burn calories throughout the day, breakfast keeps the body up and running properly.
Originating in the mid 1400’s the word breakfast literally meant “to break the fast of the night prior,” according to the Oxford English dictionary.
In order for the positive effects of a healthy breakfast to take effect, one should eat within two hours of waking up. According to the National Health Service, doing this results in “long term health benefits. It can reduce obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.”
In teens, the recommended amount of calories to maintain their weight is approximately 2,000. A healthy breakfast can help provide about 20 through 30 percent of those.
A study conducted by the National Purchase Diary (NPD) group found that about 31 million Americans (around 10 percent of the population) skip breakfast. A recent Harvard study showed that people ages 45 through 82 who skipped breakfast were 25 percent more likely to experience a heart attack.
Other positive health benefits include having more energy throughout the day, regulated blood sugar levels. Research involving adults and children also indicated that breakfast enhanced memory, attention, the speed of processing information, reasoning, creativity, learning, and verbal abilities.
Glucose levels rise, and the pancreas produces insulin to shuttle the glucose into cells, where it is used for energy. Research found that keeping glucose and insulin in the right balance has important effects on metabolism and health.
“After a healthy breakfast your blood sugar increases a little bit, but it will take a while for your body to absorb it,” Eric Rimm, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, said on consumerreports.org. “So you might not be hungry for lunch for five hours.”