Eat your breakfast, a common phrase from moms when I was growing up, but a distant ritual of the past for a lot of people these days. Yet mom knew what she was talking about. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A study presented at the Neuroscience 2012 conference demonstrated that individuals who skipped breakfast, when shown pictures of high calorie, low nutrient foods, were more attracted to these pics than those who ate breakfast. (Don’t you love brain science? They must have so much fun watching our brains light up for whatever they’re testing!)
Additionally, those who skipped breakfast ate 20 PERCENT more calories at lunch than those who ate breakfast! What they found to be the cause of this? You guessed it…the ORBITOFRONTAL CORTEX! What? You didn’t guess this? Really? Okay, me either, but it turns out this is the portion of our brain that processes the reward value of tastes and smells. Thus those pictures must have looked mighty tasty.
Lesson: Eat a healthy breakfast every morning no matter what to keep those lunch calories from shooting too high. This is an important key to keeping your blood sugar stable. I’ll share some healthy breakfast ideas next week, here at My Ultimate Health.