A Series of Healthy Habits to Live By
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1st of 13 Healthy Habits: EAT BREAKFAST Every Morning

Breakfast eaters are champions of good health. Research shows people who have a morning meal tend to take in more vitamins and minerals and less fat and cholesterol. The result is often a leaner body, lower cholesterol count and less chance of overeating.

“That one act [of eating breakfast] seems to make a difference in people’s overall weight,” says Melinda Johnson, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA). She says breakfast can hold off hunger pangs until lunchtime and make high-calorie vending machine options less enticing.

For kids, breakfast appears to enhance alertness, attention and performance on standardized achievement tests, the ADA reports.

To get the full benefits of breakfast, the Mayo Clinic recommends a meal with carbohydrates, protein and a small amount of fat. Its experts say that because no single food gives you all the nutrients you need, eating a variety of foods is essential to good health.

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