“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Okay but why? And is it really? Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day, but why is it so important to make sure to eat that meal? Are there specific foods we should be sticking to during breakfast or can we eat whatever our little hearts desire? I think that it has to deal with the timing of the day and how it works into our metabolisms. I assume there are more health benefits other than boosting your metabolism for why it is so important. According to CalorieKing eating breakfast can boost brain activity.
Allison Aubrey says that food is the most “basic fuel” we can give to our brains. Food has glucose in it and our brains just can’t work correctly without that. Not getting enough glucose can effect our visual system and it makes it harder to comprehend things which then effects the memory and makes it harder to remember things. Remembering things and understanding what you are learning is important to anyones’ education because to preform well on tests, you have remember and intake the information you are being taught.
Aubrey outlined a study in her article that was done with 4,000 elementary students that measured the effects breakfast had on their academic success (where she got this study from could not be determined, she did not credit anyone). What was measured was short term memory and verbal fluency. For short term memory, the kids were to read a series of digits and then they recorded how many they repeated back correctly. To test verbal skills, the kids were told to rattle off as many animals they could in 60 seconds. The results of the study were that the kids who ate breakfast preformed a lot better than those who chose not to eat.
The Iowa Breakfast studies measured the effectiveness of eating breakfast on mental efficiency. The subjects diets were controlled completely during all meals. The subjects would go through a cafeteria line and take whatever food they wanted and how much they wanted and the dietitians would record what they are eating. This happened for about two or three weeks so they could get into a regular routine. This was how the dietitians figured out how to control all meals for all the subjects. There were six different breakfast plans they tested. 1. Cereal and Milk with 751 calories 2. Bacon, egg and milk with 751 calories 3. Heavy breakfast pattern with 1201 calories 4. Light breakfast with 307 calories 5. Low protein breakfast with 765 calories 6. Animal and plant protein with 750 calories. The subjects in each breakfast type were as follows 1. 25 school boys 2. Six college women 3. Ten college women 4. Eleven college men 5. Ten college men 6. Eight older men.
Each group was given a test that satisfied their new dietary habits or stresses. This was to efficiently measure their physiological changes due to the new breakfast. 1. Simple reaction time 2. Choice reaction time 3. Neuromuscular tremor magnitude 4. Maximum grip strength 5. Grip strength endurance 6. Maximum work rate. The results from the tests ended up rejecting the null hypothesis that not eating breakfast was fine.
Concluding from this experiment, it is important to eat breakfast because it will boost your brain power and will make the tasks you do during the day more efficient because you are more stimulated and ready for whatever you are doing. Eating a balanced diet will make your brain activity even more efficient because you are getting al your basic nutrients and glucose that you need to perform well at any task. I guess my next question is what is the best breakfast someone should be eating for optimal success.