We have all heard at one time or another that breakfast is the most important meal to start the day. According to new research, this may be truer than was originally thought. Not eating breakfast can increase a person’s risk of diabetes by as much as 21 percent.

At the Harvard School of Public Medicine, a study was done that tracked the eating habits of 30,000 people. None of them had type 2 diabetes at the onset of the study. One thing that was apparent during this study was that those people that did not eat breakfast were more likely to choose sugary or fatty snacks when they were hungry.

By consuming a nutritious breakfast, it is possible for both men and women to prevent these unhealthy choices during mid-morning cravings. The following are some healthy morning choices:

  • Hard or soft-boiled eggs, paired with whole-grain toast that is covered in a moderate amount of low-fat spread. This type of bread features vitamin B that will give you energy and eggs are an excellent source of protein that will help to keep you feeling full for longer.
  • Oatmeal with skim milk and topped with berries that are in season and a little bit of honey. Oatmeal is a fiber that releases energy slowly, allowing you to feel full for longer.
  • If you would like something a little more satisfying, try grilling tomatoes and mushrooms with some oil and season them with salt and pepper. Add some baked beans, a poached egg and a slice of wholegrain toast on the side.
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