As hard as it is for me to believe, fewer than 1/2 the people in America eat breakfast regularly.
Even with all of the proven health benefits of eating a healthy breakfast, the majority of the people in this country don't eat breakfast...and let alone a healthy one. Below are some stats I found on a great website called Mr.Breakfast.com
- A study in the Environmental Health Journal indicates that having a regular breakfast is associated with lower blood lead levels in children. In the study, children who ate breakfast had 15% lower blood lead levels than those who skipped breakfast.
- A study at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center indicated that daily consumption of whole grain breakfast cereal lowers a person's risk of developing high blood pressure. The study of 13,368 male doctors found a 20 percent decreased risk of hypertension among whole grain breakfast cereal eaters.
- According to a recent survey from Food Insight, 93 percent of Americans agree that breakfast is the most important meal, yet fewer than half (44 percent) are eating it every day.
- Eggs have gotten healthier over the last ten years. According to
a report from the USDA, the average egg contains 14% less cholesterol
and 64% more vitamin D than an average egg tested in 2002. Improvements
in hen feed are most likely responsible.
- According to a Georgia Centenarian Study, people who regularly eat breakfast have lower rates of Type 2 diabetes and are less likely to develop heart failure
over their lifetime than those who don't. The 21-year study of older
Americans suggests that regularly eating breakfast may lead to a longer-than-average life span.
- A University of Missouri study found that a protein-rich breakfast helped teens control hunger and eat less later in the day.
In the study, adolescents who traditionally skipped breakfast ate
morning meals of high-quality protein foods like eggs and lean Canadian
bacon. On average, the participants ate 130 fewer calories at lunch.
Depending on your goals, your current weight and current activity level, you should be shooting for around 350-550 calories at breakfast and try and have at least 10-15g. of protein, some carbohydrates in the form of whole grains or low glycemic fruit and some healthy fat.
Here Are My Top 5 Favorite Breakfast Foods: