Who the heck has time for breakfast in Singapore? In between commuting in the morning, prepping yourself for another day at work and trying to squeeze in as much sleep as you can, there’s barely any time to cook or buy something to eat. The thing is that eating breakfast may be more important than you think, and can affect your overall health, productivity, and even appearance! Here are some helpful breakfast facts to take note of:
1. Breakfast Helps You Wake Up
Eating a balanced breakfast raises your glucose levels after a night of not eating, which is part of the reason why it’s called ‘breakfast’; it’s about breaking your overnight fasting. This gives you more energy to start your day with. Try eating a breakfast that is high in fibre and low in carbohydrates and see just how much more energetic you’ll feel throughout the day.
(Try this recipe: Fast Breakfast)
2. Breakfast Helps Your Memory
Research from both the Journalism of Adolescent Health and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that a healthy, well-balanced breakfast helps boost short term memory. Researchers also concluded that high-calorie breakfasts may actually hinder concentration, so keep your meals clean and healthy!
3. Breakfast Helps You To Lose Weight
The American Journal of Epidemiology has concluded that people who do not eat breakfast regularly are 4-5 times more likely to suffer from obesity than those who eat breakfast regularly or often. It is also worth mentioning that people who eat breakfast feel less hungry throughout the day than those who don’t, which definitely cuts down on snacking.
(Try this recipe: Bircher Muesli)
4. Breakfast Improves Overall Health
Given that the typical breakfast foods are very healthy, eating more of them is something that you should definitely put into practice. Oatmeal, eggs, and plenty of fruits and veggies are all central to the typical breakfast meal. These foods will replenish all your essential vitamins, strengthen your immunity and make you feel great. Nothing can beat our very own kopitiam breakfast when it comes to taste and satisfaction, however it’s much healthier to stick to more international-style meals.
(Text by Alex James, HerWorldPLUS / Additional Reporting by Natalya Molok)