September is National Better Breakfast Month!
What is Better Breakfast Month?
While you may not have heard of Better Breakfast Month, the concept of eating a better breakfast during the month of September is part of a national campaign to mobilize Americans to become more conscious about their breakfast eating and health journey.
What Are the Benefits of Eating Breakfast?
Many people believe that eating any kind of breakfast is good for you because it is the “most important meal of the day,” but did you know what you eat for the first meal, at any time of day, is equally important? For example, eating a low sugar breakfast may help with better concentration, compared to a high sugar breakfast or no breakfast at all. When the food is broken down slowly, it causes a gradual rise in blood sugar levels. Many reach for the cereal box even though most breakfast cereals contain more than three-quarters of the recommended daily amount of sugars.
What Happens When You Eat Too Much Sugar for Breakfast?
When your body begins to digest the food, it will turn the carbohydrates into simple sugars (glucose), which is essential fuel for your body. No matter whether you eat a bowl of cereal or a peach for breakfast, both will be turned into glucose, but the speed that the fuel enters into the bloodstream will depend on which food you chose to eat.
Eating sugary cereals, for example, cause the body to release a lot of glucose suddenly. In a very popular cereal, two servings can yield 30 grams of sugar—80% of the Recommended Daily Value, and you’ve only eaten breakfast! The pancreas, which aids in digestion and regulates blood sugar through the hormone insulin, will respond by secreting large levels of it. Insulin helps keep blood sugar levels balanced by keeping what is extra in your liver. But, too much stored-up insulin at once results in a crash as the pancreas removes the excess blood sugar.
This explains why shortly after eating a bowl of sugary cereal you feel hungry again, and the crash may have you feeling lethargic. Eating a good breakfast helps to set the body’s tone for the rest of the day. Hansen explains this relationship with a table from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition using a donut and an orange to explain Adrenal Fatigue.
Do We Really Need Better Breakfast Month?
Yes, we really do need better breakfast month! Have you ever heard of the saying, "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper"? Eating a larger breakfast than dinner is effective in lowering overall caloric intake, but only if the breakfast is worthy of consumption. Several studies have shown that people who made breakfast the largest meal of the day are most likely found to have a lower body mass index or BMI and higher levels of fiber, folate, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and calcium.
As it turns out, there are pretty good reasons to care about what Americans are eating, given the effect that our sicknesses has on the global burden of disease. Almost half of American adults have at least one preventable chronic disease related to poor eating habits and lack of physical activity.
Eating a healthy breakfast is a good opportunity to keep fats and sugar intake low, the main culprits leading to poor nutrition. The FDA recommends diets low in meats and processed meats or poultry to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
For adults, fasting until lunch is not as challenging as it is for our young, growing children. Young bodies need to have nutrients and fuel to jump start their morning and last throughout the day. It’s no secret that the right kinds of food improve concentration and memory. The USDA found that children who eat breakfast outperform their peers who do not, particularly in math.
What Do Americans Eat for Breakfast?
Our Farin’UP Crêpe mix is our bestseller and favorite among breakfast foodies, but how does it compare to typical breakfast foods? A typical high fat breakfast might include bacon, eggs, cheese, full-fat yogurt, and/or butter. Even breakfast eaters who opt for cereal are still consuming high quantities of sugar, as seen through cereal.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing a healthy breakfast is how it affects the heart. A breakfast high in fat, sodium and sugar affects the body negatively for the duration of the day.
Fortunately, Farin’UP Crêpes are low in fat, sodium and sugar!
Why Is Eating a Balanced Breakfast Important?
Did you know breakfast helps the body use energy efficiently while you sleep? "The body uses a lot of energy stores for growth and repair through the night,” explains dietician Sarah Elder. “Eating a balanced breakfast helps to up our energy, as well as protein and calcium used throughout the night.” Elder argues that if we improve the quality of our breakfast, since breakfast foods are often higher in fiber and nutrients, we can improve our insulin sensitivity for lunch and dinner, remove some of the risk for diabetes.
Are Crêpes Healthy for Breakfast?
Farin’UP crepes are healthier than you might think! We don’t mean to brag, but, our crêpes have very low fat (3 grams), low salt (3% of Recommended Daily Value) and low sugar (4 grams)! While we’re not going to hunt you down if you decide to grab a bacon, cheese and egg burrito in the morning on your way to work, what we are trying to say is that a bit of consciousness goes a long way! Eating sweet, tasty crêpes with a bowl of fruit instead of a bowl of sugary cereal and too much bacon makes a huge impact on your health.
Are you a breakfast eater? Do you often skip it? Give us your thoughts and tell us what you think about breakfast! Don’t forget to add crêpes to your breakfast and eat like a king!