A very good morning to the teachers, students and my fellow friends. Today, I Shahrul Izzat Bin Mustafa, the former student of this school, will be telling you “why breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Wonder why your mom is behind you everyday insisting on having breakfast when you leave for school? Well she is right. Breakfast is important for each one of us. Let’s find out how? Breakfast which literally means breaking an overnight fast is the first meal of the day. This is the most important meal of the day. Food is digested best in morning. Thus, heavy food stuffs like ‘roti canai’ ; ‘nasi lemak’ can be had in the morning. This is because body is constantly using up energy during night for do important body functions like pumping blood, to all the parts of body and breathing. Our body is starving the entire night while we are sleeping and using up stored energy for performing the vital functions. Hence, fueling body early morning is important from fatigue and tiredness entire day. According to nutritionist Adelle Davis in the 1960s, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” (Sifferlin, 2013)
Breakfast is important for student like you all, as student who have a proper breakfast are more likely to have better concentration, problem solving skills and better coordination than student who skipped breakfast. Breakfast eaters are at lower risk of gaining weight compared to those who skip breakfast. This is because breakfast reduces hunger throughout the day and these people make better choices at lunch and other meals. On the contrary, people who skip breakfast thinking they can save few calories tend to eat more at lunch and other meals leading to weight gain.
The last meal for us is dinner and difference between dinner and breakfast is nearly twelve hours. A person who skips breakfast, for him, this duration extends up to sixteen hours approximately. Our body is constantly for work and needs energy for the same. If we extend the difference between our dinner and next meal, chances are there that we might get fatigued and tired early. This affects the concentration in the class. Hence for this, breakfast is needed. According to the latest evidence, we should all be aiming to consume around 15–25% of our daily energy intake at breakfast. (Spencer, 2017) People who eat breakfast have healthier diet overall. They eat healthy and make healthier choices. Those who consume breakfast cereals consume more vitamins and minerals needed for body function. Breakfast also plays a role in improving mood as complex carbohydrates cereals have a positive effect on mood.
Having seen the benefits of breakfast, let us check out some healthy breakfast option. There is many option of healthy breakfast such as oats in milk with apple, egg white omellete, toast with berries, whole wheat banana pancakes and etc. Breakfast provides essential nutrients so that you can start off your day well and stay energetic throughout . Skipping breakfast will have detrimental effect on health