balanced breakfastDespite the fast that we all need to watch our daily calorie intake, avoid receiving extra calories, and especially the calories from unhealthy sources like sugar or saturated fat, it is very important have a good breakfast and start our day with consuming a proper amount of healthy calories. That is how we can stay energetic, healthy and optimistic for the whole day. This is important both for kids and adults, but our little ones who are developing, growing, spending tons of energy for learning what this world is all about, need a good breakfast like no one else on earth! That is why all concerned moms who truly care about the nutrition and proper development of their kids try to learn as much as possible about  balanced breakfast ideas, make their kids enjoy starting their days with a balanced breakfast, and this way making them learn healthy eating habits since their early years!

Undoubtedly, there are many benefits of having a daily balanced breakfast for all modern kids. Some known benefits include providing the body with plenty of nutrients and assisting normal physical development of kids. However, not much is known about psychological and mental effects of a balanced daily breakfast on modern kids. As a group of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing managed to find out, there are very strong links between daily breakfast and mental abilities of children. Starting a day with a bowl of oatmeal, a healthy snack or any other balanced breakfast idea is a great solution to enjoy brain boost, assist the kid to perform better in school and receive better grades, as well as promote a proper development of mental abilities.Brain Boost After conducting a series of tests and experiments, the scientists came to this conclusion and are convinced that every parent can test the discovered effects of daily breakfast by using simple iq tests for kids.

The findings were received after working with a large group of kids, about 1,300 young boys and girls, aged 6. The researchers asked the parents of the participants about their morning meal preferences and habits, especially about how often kids eat breakfast and how often they skip one. After that, all the bids went through extensive series of tests, including performance tests, verbal tests, and some other tests. It turned out that those kids who were reported by their parents as habitually having daily balanced breakfasts had higher scores in the mentioned tests compared to those kids who sometimes skipped their breakfast or had a habit of consuming unhealthy snacks for breakfast. The same tendency was tested with the help of special iq tests for kids, which ended up with confirming the conclusions made from the previous part of the research. As it is reported, those kids who always had a balanced breakfast demonstrated the signs of brain boost and scored 4.6 points higher compared to those kids who liked skipping breakfast or preferred consuming unhealthy morning meals.

Breakfast habits appear to be no exception, and irregular breakfast eating has already been associated with a number of unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, frequent alcohol use, and infrequent exercise,” said Jianghong-Liu, one of the authors of the study and an Associate Professor of Nursing in the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. The specialist also underlines that all parents of 5-15 year olds should pay a proper attention on their kids’ breakfasts as this is a critical period to teach kids healthy eating habits and make nutrition work for their proper development. He is convinced that the nutrition in these ages will have a serious and very long-term impact of the whole future life and health of the kids. “These findings may reflect nutritional as well as social benefits of breakfast consumption on children and hold important public health implications regarding regular breakfast consumption in early young children,” the researcher concluded.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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