We all know the importance of eating a healthy breakfast. But is it that the breakfast should be taken at ones home or in a comfortable place? Does this have any impact on the health? Yes, it does, as a new study shows. Young people who eat healthy breakfasts at home have better psychosocial health, said a new study published in Frontiers in Nutrition.
The researchers claimed it as the first study to look at effects of whether kids eat breakfast, as well as where and what they eat.
On the results, first author Dr. José Francisco López-Gil of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Cuenca, Spainsaid“our results suggest that it is not only important to eat breakfast, but it’s also important where young people eat breakfast and what they eat.”
López-Gil pointed out that skipping breakfast or eating breakfast away from home is associated with increased likelihood of psychosocial behavioral problems in children and adolescents. Apart from this, consumption of certain foods/drinks are associated with higher (eg, processed meat) or lower (eg, dairies, cereals) odds of psychosocial behavioral problems, the author said.
The researchers analyzed data from the 2017 Spanish National Health Survey. This survey included questionnaires about breakfast habits as well as children’s psychosocial health, which included characteristics such as self-esteem, mood, and anxiety. The questionnaires were completed by the parents, or guardians, and the results included a total of 3,772 Spanish residents between the ages of four and 14.
Among the most important results, López-Gil and the team found that eating breakfast away from home was nearly as detrimental as skipping the meal entirely. The authors suggest that this may be because meals away from home are frequently less nutritious than those prepared at home.
The results also showed that coffee, milk, tea, chocolate, cocoa, yogurt, bread, toast, cereals, and pastries were all associated with lower chances of behavioral problems. Surprisingly, eggs, cheese, and ham were linked with higher risks of such issues.
The researchers noted that availability of nutritious breakfasts at schools would likely influence the results in some locations. Apart from this, other factors, such as social and family support that young people can receive during breakfast at home, may also play a role in the observed benefits. The authors emphasize the need for further studies to understand the cause-and-effect relationships behind their observations, but they still suggest the usefulness of these results.
“The fact that eating breakfast away from home is associated with greater psychosocial health problems is a novel aspect of our study,” said López-Gil. “Our findings reinforce the need to promote not only breakfast as part of a healthy lifestyle routine, but also that it should be eaten at home. Also, to prevent psychosocial health problems, a breakfast that includes dairy and/or cereals, and minimizes certain animal foods high in saturated fat/cholesterol, could help to decrease psychosocial health problems in young people.”
Skipping the morning meal can throw off your body’s rhythm of fasting and eating. Breakfast kick-starts THE metabolism, helping TO burn calories throughout the day. It also gives the energy one needs to get things done and helps you focus at work or at school.
Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight.