Why eat breakfast?

The first meal of the day is the most important, nutritionists say.

Yet with the hustle and bustle of city life, eliminating breakfast for the day is easier, but Herbalife Nutrition, a premier global nutrition company, wants to help Filipinos change this unhealthy lifestyle and improve their nutrition habits.

Susan Bowerman, the company’s senior director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, shared the benefits of a healthy breakfast and how to put healthy nutrition habits into practice in daily living.

“Proper diet management paired with a healthy breakfast plays an important role in maintaining good health,” said Bowerman.

She discussed the habit of eating a balanced and nutritious breakfast every day and why it is important to keep it a practice regardless of age, and for health goals.

“The power from fueling yourself right in the morning dictates how your body will perform throughout the day,” she said.

Based on its research in 2021, inconvenience is the top barrier preventing Filipino consumers from eating healthier breakfasts — 44 percent shared that healthier breakfast options are not readily accessible to them and 33 percent said healthier breakfast options take too long to make.

The survey also revealed that some respondents have the common misinformation that eating breakfast just adds to unwanted calories.

“Many times, when people skip breakfast, they either end up making up for it by eating more during the rest of the day or they make very poor food choices the rest of the day and may eat foods that are high in sugar and fat, making skipping breakfast no guarantee of weight loss,” Bowerman said.

“To give more convenience for Filipinos, Herbalife Nutrition offers Formula 1 Shake an easy-to-prepare nutritional shake that provides nutrients such as high-quality protein, calcium, fiber, and vitamins A, C, and E,” added Bowerman.

“Consuming a healthy breakfast can bring you many benefits in the long run. All you need to have a healthy breakfast every day is a little time and commitment,” she said.

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