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Three Things You Didn't Know About Breakfast

Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Professor, Boston University

Eating breakfast can make you smarter, slimmer , and sweeter. Here's how:

•  Breakfast May Make You Smarter:

Research shows that eating breakfast may enhance your memory, improve your cognitive ability, and help increase your attention span, to name a few mind-boggling advantages. Rise and dine to fuel your brain with food it needs to ace your day.

•  Breakfast May Make You Slimmer:

Some research suggests that people who skip breakfast have a higher body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of your weight in relationship to your height and a higher tendency of being overweight. With two thirds of Americans overweight, a morning meal may just be the best kept waist-trimming secret.

•  Breakfast May Make You Sweeter:

Research suggests that eating breakfast, specifically carbohydrate-rich cereals, can improve your mood. Eating in the morning after a night's slumber will provide glucose to your starved brain. Let's face it: you are also likely to be happier and less grouchy when you aren't distracted by hunger pangs. Feed yourself in the morning so that you are in a better mood and sweeter to those around you.

What should you eat for breakfast?

A healthy breakfast that will fuel your morning should contain a combination of nutrient-rich carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits and veggies, some lean dairy and a smidgen of fat.

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