Breakfast: Myths vs. Facts

There’s so much misinformation swarming around about breakfast. Get the facts straight about this important meal.
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There's so much misinformation swarming around about breakfast. Read on for the facts about this important meal.

Myth: My kids should eat breakfast, but I don't have to.

Fact: As a mom or dad, you need even more energy to keep up with your kids! Also keep in mind that parents set an example for their children. If your kids should see you munching first thing in the morning, they are more likely to make it a lifelong habit.

Myth: When trying to lose weight, skip breakfast.

Fact: According to the National Weight Loss Registry, 78% of people who lost weight and kept it off for at least 5 years ate breakfast every day. These folks also maintained a low-calorie and low-fat diet, plus got in plenty of exercise. It all counts.

Myth: There's no need to eat breakfast if I'm not hungry.

Fact: You don’t want to rely on the other 2 meals of the day to provide 100% of the nutrients your body needs. Even if you're not very hungry, try and take in something healthy within an hour of waking up. It can be fruit, a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter or a glass of low-fat milk. Also think about what you ate the night before: Were you doing some late-night snacking? That can interfere with how hungry you get in the morning.

Myth: You can only eat breakfast fare in the morning.

Fact: If you're craving a PB&J sandwich, a bowl of soup or a grilled chicken sandwich--go for it! As long as you're taking in several food groups and keeping calories in check, choose what you like.

Myth: Breakfast doesn't count.

Fact: We start every day with a clean slate, ready to fuel our bodies with proper nutrition. Having a well-balanced, healthy breakfast is the first opportunity to provide your body with important nutrients the entire day, beginning with those hectic mornings.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby's full bio »

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