Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but these slip-ups could make your breakfast less healthy than you think.
by The Physicians of The Doctors
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You eat something different every day.
According to a recent British study, people with the most day-to-day variation in the calorie count of their morning meal were 90 percent more likely to have a large waist, a heart disease risk factor.
Your meal is too skimpy.
Diabetes patients who ate a large, nutritious breakfast for three months had a reduction in blood sugar and blood pressure three times greater than that of people who ate a smaller meal, according to a 2013 Israeli study. Breakfasts high in protein may lower levels of ghrelin, the “hunger hormone.”
You eat cereal with small flakes.
Pennsylvania State University researchers crushed a wheat flake cereal to 80 percent, 60 percent, and 40 percent of the original size. As flake size decreased (the cereal looked more crushed), participants poured themselves a lower volume of cereal but still consumed more calories compared with a bowl containing bigger flakes.
You opt for butter over peanut butter.
Overweight women who added peanuts or peanut butter to a breakfast of OJ and Cream of Wheat reported feeling fuller for up to 12 hours afterward, found a study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Nuts increased levels of peptide YY, a hormone that helps you feel full after meals.