What’s for Breakfast?
What constitutes a healthy breakfast? For starters, eating something—rather than nothing—is important. It’s surprising how many people skip—or skimp on—breakfast. Most people who do this think it’s going to help them lose weight. It’s not. In fact, skipping breakfast is almost certain to backfire.
Your mother probably used to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And it turns out she was right! Of course it helps you start your day with the energy you’ll need to face the day’s challenges. But it also helps regulate your blood sugar and metabolism. And that translates to better success with body weight control. So, in a real sense, anything is better than nothing first thing in the morning. That said, though, certain foods may be more ideal than others. Take eggs.
Eggs are a great source of complete protein. We used to think you should limit your intake of eggs—or more specifically, egg yolks—because they’re rich sources of cholesterol. But most experts now agree that those concerns were overblown. In fact, for most people, egg yolks do not contribute significantly to blood cholesterol levels. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, up to an egg per person per day is okay; it won’t increase the risk of heart disease among healthy people, and actually provides some nutrients that have been linked to improved cardiovascular health.