Often overlooked, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. A Spanish study published on August 23, 2022 reveals that young people who skip it have more behavioral problems. Advice from Béatrice de Reynal, nutritionist.
Breakfast should be called big lunch because it is the key meal of the day . Indeed, its composition depends on all the other meals of the day. With an unbalanced breakfast, we will necessarily throw ourselves on lunch and then we will also eat a lot at dinner, which is far from being a good thing.
If you skip breakfast, that is to say, you quickly eat something sweet, you will not have enough calories. This inconsistent meal does not give enough energy, which leads to sluggishness and a drop in attention in the morning.
According to one Spanish study published this August 23 in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition , children and adolescents who do not eat a balanced breakfast at home are also more likely to develop behavioral problems. His results reveal that certain foods eaten at breakfast promote these disorders more than others. Thus, milk, chocolate, cocoa, yogurt, bread, toast and cereals are associated with lower risks of behavioral disorders while surprisingly cheese and ham are linked to higher risks. The authors of this study also reveal that these behavioral problems are higher among those who eat breakfast outside their home.
In the morning, the ideal meal for children would consist of:
It is important to vary the pleasures especially in terms of cereal-based foods.
Parents have a duty to show their child the way! If they don't have breakfast, the little ones won't understand why they have to have one. It is therefore necessary to guide them because the breakfast does not retract. If a child does not eat in the morning, he will not last all morning . For me, breakfast is prepared in advance: the child must go to bed earlier and take a lighter dinner. The child will therefore have an appetite when he wakes up. But it is obvious that in France, we do not eat enough in the morning.