The Importance of children’s breakfast
According to the Ministry of Health and Consumption of Spain, only 7.5% of children have a balanced breakfast. Approximately 20% of children and young people only drink a glass of milk, while only 56% complement it with a carbohydrate. Half of these children spend less than ten minutes for breakfast.
In short, the Spanish children have breakfast poorly, implying a decrease in the ability to learn as well as in the school performance and in most cases an increase in childhood obesity.
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Represents at least ¼ of the nutritional needs of children. According to the American Dietetic Association, “the kind of food that children eat at breakfast can affect their ability to learn and their health“. That means that when child are in the growth stage, school and extracurricular activities force to make greater physical and intellectual activity, so a good breakfast helps to have a higher concentration in school and maintain control weight.
The ideal breakfast
The ideal and suitable breakfast is the one which have varied foods that contain necessary nutrients:
- Dairy: milk, yogurt and/or cheese (source of calcium and protein).
- Starchy: biscuits, bread, cereals (carbohydrate source).
- Fruit or Juice (source of vitamins or minerals)
All of that is a question of habit. If from an early age, children are used to have a good breakfast, their bodies will get used and will require a good breakfast every day, and they will be satisfied. Besides that, family will be preventing what today is a global concern of food experts: childhood obesity.