Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And there is no denying the importance of breakfast to children, too! If you’re always rushing out the door without eating breakfast, this may send the wrong message to your child. But with a good understanding of the benefits of breakfast, both you and your child won’t be leaving home without a hearty, nutritious meal first thing in the morning.
We leave it to the expert, Cher Siew Wei, Nestlé Malaysia’s corporate wellness manager, to enlighten you with scientific truths on breakfast!
Alertness is key at school and breakfast helps with that
- Breakfast brings morning food comma? That’s a myth! Skipping breakfast deprives us of the energy needed to stay focused and alert. Breakfast with MILO®, contains Activ-Go™, a unique combination of PROTOMALT®, vitamins and minerals will give you and your child the boost needed to concentrate throughout the day.
Energy levels are restored with breakfast
- We lose about 80% of our energy reserves during sleep*. Your body goes on a fast the entire night and needs to be refuelled in the morning.That’s why it’s important to replenish energy lost with a balanced breakfast and MILO®. A healthy breakfast would supply about a quarter or at least 20 per cent of your energy and nutrients for the day, and restore your supply of glucose, which is the body’s energy source.
Breakfast is a source of important nutrients
- Children who skip breakfast may lack fibre, vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B2. Breakfast provides a significant proportion of the day’s total nutrient intake.
Fun morning moments
Many modern mums lead a busy lifestyle, juggling career and family. Some days, getting everyone ready and out the door in the morning can be a rush against time, and some mums tend to be a little flustered and forgetful. We found two memorable moments that happened to two mums during their morning rush hour madness. Here’s what the ladies shared with us:
“While making sure my children were safely seated at the back of my car, before heading to school, I accidentally left their breakfast box on top of the car and drove off. I came home later to find it in front of the lawn. Luckily the food didn’t spill out!” exclaimed Leona Lim, the mother of two sons and a full-time admin assistant with an NGO.
“I used to use my kid’s spare buku latihan to list down my daily chores. While I was at the grocery store, I opened it and found math formulas. My son mistook my grocery list for his math homework,” said Angeline Lee, the mother of two sons and a full-time business owner.
For more stories on the importance of breakfast, head to MILO Malaysia’s official website!
*May vary depending on age, size, body fat, physical fitness level and diet of the individual.
[Ref: Jeukendrup, A.E.; Gleeson, M. Sport Nutrition: An Introduction to Energy Production and Performance; Human Kinetics: Leeds, UK, 2010; pp. 124-125]