Why is Breakfast the “Most Important Meal”?
Ruth M. Brocato, M.D., is a Primary Care Provider specializing in Family Medicine at Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville, one of Mercy Medical Center’s several Community Physician Sites, offers her thoughts regarding the oft-heard claim, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But why is it?
Breakfast may be considered the most important meal of the day for a variety of factors. Glucose levels can drop after pro-longed fasting (like after a full night’s sleep), which can be dangerous in patients dealing with diabetes. It can cause irritability and fatigue. In addition, skipping breakfast may led to bingeing later on because of excessive hunger. There are many studies that show adults and adolescents who eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a normal weight compared to those who do not—it remains an issue of controversy in the medical field, but overall, it is still considered accurate. In addition, eating complex carbohydrates (e.g. vegetables, fruits, soy milk) and protein together—the traditional “balanced breakfast”—causes more satiety and keeps glucose levels at a more stable level than just eating simple carbohydrates, like most packaged cereals, foods made with white flour, items high in sugar, etc.
-- Ruth M. Brocato, M.D.
Dr. Ruth Brocato’s specialty in Family Medicine allows her to provide a variety of comprehensive care options for her patients, from wellness visits to acute illness. She focuses her care on health prevention and lifestyle changes, including routine immunizations and diet and weight management.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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