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Breakfast Meal - The Most Important Meal For Children

Michelle Mirizzi • MS, Registered Dietitian • Jan 15, 2012
 

Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

 

Here are just a few reasons why your child should eat breakfast:

  • Studies show that eating breakfast everyday is important in maintaining a healthy body weight.* Starting your child’s day with a healthy breakfast will also make them less likely to eat high-calorie snacks during the morning.
  • Eating a well balanced breakfast improves their intake of fiber, vitamins and minerals, especially iron and vitamin C; these nutrients are essential in a balanced diet. In fact, a good breakfast provides one-fourth to one-third of the day’s energy and nutrient needs.*
  • Children who eat a healthy breakfast tend to show improved academic performance, longer attention span, better healthy breakfast childrenattendance and decreased hyperactivity in school.*
  • Skipping breakfast will often make your child feel tired, restless or irritable by mid-morning. By eating breakfast, your child will have energy throughout the morning and help him/her concentrate better in class. This also means fewer trips to the school nurse’s office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Written by Michelle MirizziWritten on Jan 15, 2012Last updated on Aug 25, 2013
 
 

 

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