Studies have concluded that when children eat breakfast it improves their learning ability. Quick thinking, problem solving and better concentration are noted in children that start their day with a healthy breakfast. Creative thinking tests also showed progress in areas of creativity. Research shows that children don’t do as well in math and reading if they skip breakfast. Verbal articulateness can also be negatively affected. Researchers also say that children that eat breakfast shortly before a test have higher scores then children that don’t eat breakfast or eat a couple hours earlier.
The main reason performance is higher because of glucose of sugar in the bloodstream which is the bodies energy source. It is fuel that is needed to carry on bodily functions such as walking, talking and thinking. Glucose levels drop after a whole night without sleep. Glucose is the brains’ main energy source and will take what it needs. There aren’t any reserves stored in the brain. Memory and learning will be affected if there isn’t enough glucose to make the brain and cental nervous system run. The body will take from it’s own energy stores in the muscles or liver.
Children less likely to become deficient in important nutrients because they get the correct requirement for vitamin and mineral. Breakfast needs to be balanced in order to get the nutritious benefits to enhance learning and performance. It should include complex carbohydrates, proteins, fat and fiber. Complex carbohydrate and proteins should be eaten in equal amounts. Eating lunch, dinner or snacks will not usually make up for the missed nutritional deficiencies from skipping breakfast.
Behavior problems may develop and be mistaken for other problems if children go to school feeling hungry or eat food such as sugar with little nutrients. They may show disinterest in learning and be irritable when trying to perform difficult tasks. They also are more likely to exhibit belligerent behavior.
Breakfast cereals are recommended as part of a nutritious and balanced meal. Cereals are high in carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals. Dried or fresh fruit can be a topping for the cereal and add more vitamins. Some cereals can release sugar into the blood steam to quickly and can cause blood sugar to drop. A few other breakfast ideas are oatmeal and orange juice or toast with peanut butter and some fruit. If time is limited in the morning, you could give your children a bagel with a hard-boiled egg, yogurt with fruit and granola bars.