Eating a good breakfast is considered essential for everyone, as it is the basis for a good day and for a proper diet. Therefore, its importance for students is also huge.
Investigations that have been done to students prove that people who ate breakfast were twice as likely to perform better and achieve a higher score compared to those who did not eat breakfast.
Beyond school and course performance, eating breakfast is associated with a number of positive psychological effects. These include improved memory, increased concentration, better eating habits throughout the day, improved physical and mental health, increased energy levels, and even an increased likelihood of exercising. Let’s look at some of them in more detail:
Improvement of memory and attention
In a study students were divided into three groups. With breakfast, without breakfast and with energy drinks. They were all monitored over the course of a few days and given tests to measure their attention and memory. Results; The students from the group that do not consume breakfast and from the group that consume energy drink (eg coffee)showed significantly worse results than those who ate breakfast.
Better eating habits
Unfortunately many students (and not only) who are trying to lose weight think that skipping breakfast is a good plan. However, not only is it an unhealthy and ineffective approach to weight loss, but skipping breakfast actually primes and primes the brain to seek out high-calorie foods; also promoting greater food consumption during the rest of the day.
It has also been shown that most people who don’t eat breakfast get less nutrients, fiber and calcium, while also consuming more fat. Therefore, having and eating a proper breakfast is associated with a profile of better eating habits.
Better mental health
It is also observed that people who eat breakfast every day are less depressed and less emotionally vulnerable than people who do not eat breakfast. This suggests that missed meals, especially breakfast, lead to lower blood sugar levels and this causes low mood, irritability and fatigue. It seems that skipping breakfast isn’t just linked to “poorer” mental health, it’s causing the damage itself.
It protects the organism
Skipping the first meal of the day has been shown to increase the likelihood of obesity (probably due to poorer eating habits as I mentioned above)the occurrence of diabetes and heart disease, as it is also associated with an increase in cholesterol levels.