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No: Breakfast is not the most important meal

While breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day by ads, it is not a necessity to achieve good health because there are alternative ways to consume ample amounts of nutrition by eating healthy lunch.

Tony the Tiger claims that his Frosted Flakes cereal is a great part of a nutritional breakfast. The key point in his famous line is, “a part.”

Most people who eat breakfast just eat a bowl of cereal. But most cereals contain so much sugar and nothing much else that all they get is a jittery high and a bloated stomach.

For example, Cinnamon Toast Crunch has 127 calories and 24 grams of carbohydrates while a can of Coca-Cola has 140 calories and 39 grams of carbohydrates.

With almost as much sugar and carbohydrates as a can of Coca-Cola, this cereal deserves a title of a daytime snack rather than a nutritious day starter.

A bowl of cereal can be a tasty addition to a nutritious breakfast such as eggs, toast, sausage and a glass of orange juice, but cereal alone does not serve the body well.

With all the artificial flavorings and sugar, it is healthier to skip breakfast and eat a nutritious lunch instead if one has a choice of eating a bowl of popular cereal.

According to www.checkyourhealth.org, an ideal lunch should include 2 to 3 servings of fruits and vegetables, one serving of dairy and one to two servings of a grain group.

A sandwich with whole wheat bread, lean ham, slice of cheese and fresh-cut tomatoes will be a sufficient meal to substitute for the missed breakfast.

With that said, however, if one skips breakfast and consumes a Whopper, large fries and Mountain Dew for lunch, that is in no way a good replacement of the morning meal or doing the body any good; the missed breakfast can be made up only by a healthy lunch.

Eating breakfast is an excellent way to start the day.

However, without the proper amount of nutrients in it, breakfast is nothing more than a bowl of extra calories.

By eating a healthy lunch, one can have peace of mind knowing that the skipped breakfast is properly substituted by something more nutritious than the sugar-loaded Cookie Crisps.

In the end, the key to good health is not whether one eats breakfast, but what he or she eats throughout the day.

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