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Is Your Breakfast Making You Healthy?

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We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we shouldn't skip it. But having just anything for breakfast is not a healthy habit. For example, if you have the previous night's leftover pizza for breakfast, then you are doing more harm to your body than good. It is true that you should not be empty stomach in the morning, but that does not mean you eat whatever food you like for breakfast.

There are foods meant for breakfast and you should be having only those for your morning meal. A healthy breakfast is defined by many parameters. There are certain foods that should be avoided in the morning like noodles or burgers. Some other foods like eggs are ideal for breakfast.

Healthy Breakfast

Here are some rules you should follow if you want to have a healthy breakfast.

Begin with water: The first thing that goes into your stomach in the morning is water. A lot of acids are produced is in your stomach at night, so the water will neutralise them.

Avoid Oily Food: You may have noticed that we said 'oily' not fried, there us difference. You can have some fried onions and sausages for breakfast because it will give you energy for the rest of the day. But avoid foods like noodles that are dripping oil. It will make you feel bloated throughout the day.

Always have a fruit on your plate: The seasonal fruits are excellent breakfast foods. A banana in the morning gives you the right amount of fibre, carbohydrates and energy. Citrus foods are rich in antioxidants and they cleanse your system. You will feel energetic all day after having fruits in breakfast.

Have food that is filling: The whole point of having a healthy breakfast is to fill your stomach so that you don't feel ravenously hungry by lunch time. The food you eat for breakfast should keep you full atleast for 3 to 4 hours. Have heavy foods like cereals, bananas, porridge, upma, pan cakes etc.

Eggs are the best breakfast foods: Eggs are easy to cook and nutritious. Their unique combination of protiens, fats and nutrients makes them the ideal food for breakfast.

Milk and milk products: If milk does not go down too well with you, then you should get your daily dose of calcium from milk products like yoghurt and cheese. A cube of low fat cheese in the morning can keep you full of energy for the entire day.

Health drinks: Having health drinks for energy in the morning is not a bad idea. But that cannot replace your breakfast. You need to have foods like bread, fruits or cereals with the health drinks.

After reading these guidelines, do you think that your breakfast is healthy?

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Story first published: Friday, November 30, 2012, 12:19 [IST]
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