June 27, 2011

Tips For Breakfast

(Ivanhoe Newsire) --- Breakfast replenishes blood sugar levels that are normally low after a night's sleep. But what you eat is just as important as breaking the fast.

 "Skipping breakfast throws off the normal circadian rhythm of fasting and feeding. Breakfast is the worst time to skip a meal," Dr. David Ludwig, a nutrition expert at Harvard-affiliated Children's Hospital Boston, was quoted as saying.

Carbohydrates in your breakfast should include fiber and if you're after protein, make sure it's lean. Other tips include:

"¢ Read food labels. Check out the serving size and calories. And if it's a grain-based food, you make sure a whole grain of some kind (wheat, oats, etc.) is listed first on the ingredients list.

"¢ Watch your coffee. Many you get at your coffee shop are unhealthy high-calorie, high"“saturated fat versions of your basic cup of coffee.

"¢ Only eat processed meats occasionally.  Processed meats like bacon and sausage have been associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes

"¢ An egg a day is okay. One a day is okay for most healthy people. One whole egg doesn't appear to increase the risk for developing heart disease.

"¢ Choose fruit over juice. Whole has more fiber.

"¢ Blend up a breakfast smoothie. You can combine fruit, juice, yogurt, wheat germ, and other ingredients in a blender and make something delicious and healthful.

Source: Harvard Health Letter, June 2011