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Eating a healthy breakfast can help you:

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Eating a healthy breakfast can help you:

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Eating a good breakfast in the morning can help curb your mid-morning sweet treat craving. What you eat matters though. A fried breakfast won't do the job. Studies show combining lean protein, or low-fat dairy with wholegrains in your morning meal can help you feel full for longer. So, to stay a healthy weight, try oatmeal porridge with milk, peanut butter on wholemeal toast, a cheese and vegetable omelette, or a protein shake. 

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Which of these breakfasts may boost brain power?

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Which of these breakfasts may boost brain power?

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Adding eggs, porridge or fruit to your breakfast can help boost your brain's memory and ability to concentrate – especially in children. Glucose, derived from carbohydrates, is essential brain fuel. Eggs are rich in protein and choline – an essential nutrient for the brain's messaging system. Studies suggest choline supplements improve cognitive function. However, the amount used in studies 5-10 times the amount you’d get from your morning boiled egg. Several studies have found that healthy breakfasts improve focus, attention and alertness at work or school. 

Eating a healthy breakfast can reduce your risk of:

Eating a healthy breakfast can reduce your risk of:

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Eating a healthy breakfast  can keep your weight under control.  Over time, this helps protect you from type 2 diabetes. One study found that men who skipped breakfast were 21% more likely to develop diabetes than those who ate in the morning. A diet rich in fibre can also reduce your risk, so consider breakfasting on whole grains, like oatmeal, cereal, or bread. Lean protein is also helpful as it staves off hunger and averts blood sugar spikes. 

What proportion of people in the UK skip breakfast?

What proportion of people in the UK skip breakfast?

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Apparently, nearly half of us turn a deaf ear to advice that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  According to a survey, the number has increased from 1 in 5, to 2 in 5, over the past  5 years. The reasons given included:

  • Being in too much of a rush in the morning
  • Work pressures and anxiety

 The study, carried out by an oat producer also found that toast, cereal and porridge are still the country's favourite breakfasts. The traditional bacon and egg fry-up is on the decline, however, with most people eating it only as an occasional treat.

Which of these foods is best for staving off hunger? 

Which of these foods is best for staving off hunger? 

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Eggs are high in protein, which helps you feel fuller for longer. It takes your body longer to digest protein than carbohydrates like cereal, or dairy food like yoghurt. A high-protein breakfast will make you less likely to reach for snacks before your next meal. Other healthy, low-fat, high protein foods include chicken and other meats, fish, and beans and pulses. 

Breakfast can make you feel more:

Breakfast can make you feel more:

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Breakfast helps to give you your 'get-up-and-go'. It fuels your body after your period of 'fasting' overnight and psychologically helps you start the day well. Skipping breakfast can leave you hungry mid-morning and more likely to reach for a high calorie snack. One study found that people who ate breakfast burned through 400 more calories by being active, compared to people who skipped breakfast. That’s not suggesting that breakfast burns calories – more it’s a marker of a healthier lifestyle in general.

It's best to eat breakfast:

It's best to eat breakfast:

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It's best to fuel up before you head to the gym. Just a light meal is fine if you're in a hurry, so a good choice could be a yoghurt or a protein shake.  It's best not to work out on an empty stomach. Remember that a wholegrain breakfast cereal and milk makes a great snack at any time of the day – not just for breakfast.

Which is the healthiest cereal choice?

Which is the healthiest cereal choice?

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A healthy cereal is a good way to kick start the day. However, they're not all created equal. The difference depends on the fibre content. High-fibre cereals can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, plus improve your chance of staying a healthy weight. According to the British Heart Foundation, porridge tops the list for a heart-healthy breakfast. It contains soluble fibre called beta-glucan which can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and slow carb release from the food we eat, staibilisng blood sugar levels. Beta-glucan is also a food source for our bowel bacteria, helping to keep a healthy digestive tract. Muesli, bran flakes and shredded wheat are other good breakfast choices, as long as there's no added sugar. Cornflakes are the least beneficial as they're low in fibre. Check labels for high sugar and salt levels and choose those with the green or amber labelling. 

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