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A BREAKFAST FIT FOR KINGS

Tags:   Skills,   Cooking

By The Swag Team   -  July 24, 2014



Did your mum ever tell you to finish your bowl of Corn Flakes when you were a young lad? They say mother is always right, but you might be surprised to learn that the experts behind the science of breakfast are squabbling over whether starting your day off with a meal is really all that good for you. SWAG investigates.

It’s been widely held for years that skipping breakfast can increase the risk of your developing diabetes and heart disease, lead to you put on weight and can even reduce your cognitive function. Recently though, a new school of thought is suggesting that having breakfast doesn’t actually speed up your metabolism or control your blood sugar levels, and may even make you hungrier. Now that’s confusing, isn’t it?

 

SWAG spoke to registered nutritionist, Geoffrey Axiak, about the whole concept of breakfast and the sort of food men should eat.

 

Apparently, the most important things to keep in mind when choosing what breakfast to have are that it is high in protein, low in calories and high in energy. You want something wholesome and nutritious that will keep you satiated until lunchtime.

 

“Breakfast starts a person’s metabolism off, helps to control weight and should be eaten as soon as possible after one wakes up. If you don’t fuel your body in the morning, by lunchtime you’re probably going to be starving and end up making choices that aren’t the best for you. What’s worse is if you then don’t have a balanced lunch, you’ll find yourself feeling ravenous by dinnertime. Overeating late in the day is one of the main causes of weight gain,” Geoffrey explained.

 

What about the type of food?

 

“You should include cereal and fruit along with water. Don’t be fooled by what’s written on the box. Even if it says ‘nutritious’, read the ingredients. You’d be surprised how much sugar is in your favourite brand of juice or cereal.

 

“Plain oats are a good place to start. You can make porridge, eat them raw with Greek yoghurt, fruit and honey or even add them to a fresh fruit smoothie. You can also help yourself to wholemeal toast (skip the full fat butter), low fat omelettes or high quality, balanced protein bars.”

 

Geoffrey thinks the controversial, new anti-breakfast enthusiasts are going against conventional wisdom and are advocates for what’s called ‘intermittent fasting’, or in plain English skipping certain meals and choosing at what times of the day to consume food, whilst not eating anything the rest of the day. By eating less frequently, your body becomes more sensitive to insulin, meaning it uses the energy produced by your food more resourcefully.

 

The logic behind this is that when you eat your body takes a few hours to digest that food, whilst burning as much as it can. If you’re fasting, you body doesn’t have that meal to burn, so instead it burns fat already stored in your body.

 

We see some logic in this, but there are drawbacks, as with everything else: feeling lethargic, feeling very hungry, losing focus and unbalanced hormone levels. It’s definitely not recommended for people suffering from blood sugar regulation issues like hypoglycemia and diabetes.

 

 



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