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Why is breakfast considered the most important meal of the day?

by Grace Sundram

Have you ever noticed that most of us get more enthusiastic about lunch or dinner but seldom about breakfast? It’s possibly because our body just woke up and we’re too tired to deal with anything in the morning, especially with the upcoming tasks during this work from home period.


If we skip breakfast, we will prolong our hunger between dinner and lunch. Hence why we satisfy our appetite by eating excessive snacks or order additional food at lunch, therefore consuming extra calories. Breakfast, whether it’s pancakes and eggs or simply a slice of toast, would actually keep us full until noon.


So, whether we have an appetite for breakfast or not, it is a crucial mealtime, especially if we want to maintain or reduce weight.


Herbalife Nutrition worked with the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) to emphasise the significance of a nutritious breakfast to start the day. This campaign will consist of a series of collaboratively generated educational content distributed across different platforms to inform Malaysians about healthy nutrition, particularly during breakfast.


Our bodies require energy after the prescribed 8 hours of sleep. Breakfast is the best nourishment you can provide your brain and body as you begin your day at home. This is crucial for both working adults and children since a nutritious breakfast helps them focus throughout the day.


However, all too often, we rush to get our day started and overlook the importance of eating a good breakfast. Now that more Malaysians are staying at home, let us make it a point to set aside 10 minutes each day to eat a simple yet nutritious breakfast.


Healthy and balanced meals come in many different forms and, contrary to popular belief, can be easy to prepare. Malaysians can make use of healthy ready-to-eat breakfast foods to prepare a quick meal such as yoghurt topped with fruits, rolled oats or instant oats, or blend soy milk with fruits to make a smoothie.


We just need to follow the right proportions of each food group to match our dietary needs. For instance, incorporating an amount of protein in your breakfast will help keep you satisfied for a longer time, and in turn, can reduce the urge for any unnecessary snacking.


According to a recently conducted Asia Pacific Breakfast Habits survey by Herbalife Nutrition, 75% of Malaysian respondents think it is important to have a daily healthy breakfast. The barriers to consuming healthier breakfast for the Malaysian respondents are that healthier breakfast options are expensive (30%), they do not matter to them (28%) and that they are not readily accessible (26%).


However, as a result of the current situation, many have made changes to their breakfast meals, with 52% of the Malaysian respondents making sure they have a nutritionally balanced meal at breakfast, 50% drinking more water at breakfast and 47% incorporating more fresh produce into their breakfast.


The campaign further highlights the need for good nutrition to build immunity during this critical time. Maintaining a healthy diet plays an important part in creating and maintaining a strong immune system.


Herbalife Nutrition’s Healthy Breakfast Pack consists of Formula 1 Nutritious Mixed Soy Protein Drink, Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mix and Tea Mix to ensure the body is nourished, hydrated and energized o kick-start the day.

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