The morning meal "breaks the fast" and replenishes blood sugar (glucose) levels that are normally low after a night's sleep. But it isn't just a matter of timing. Whether the day's inaugural meal is healthful depends on its content, too, according to the June 2011 Harvard Health Letter.
"Skipping breakfast throws off the normal circadian rhythm of fasting and feeding. Breakfast is the worst time to skip a meal," said Dr. David Ludwig, a nutrition expert at Harvard-affiliated Children's Hospital Boston, in an interview with the Health Letter.
The breakfast carbohydrates should have fiber and the proteins should be lean. You can healthful fats from foods like nuts or salmon. Here are eight tips from the Harvard Health Letter for putting together a healthful breakfast:
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