The Dutch ‘rush’ for good breakfast
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Dutch store too often, the breakfast, as that meal is considered to be the most important of the day. “The most obvious reason is that people in the morning do not have time or simply have no time.”
In conversation with NU.nl says Roy van der Ploeg, press officer at the Nutrition center, that many people find it difficult to in the morning to eat. “About six percent of men and four percent of the women breakfast, according to the national Institute for public Health and the Environment (RIVM), even just one time per week or not at all.”
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“Try and vary’
The total number of recommended calories per day for men is on average 2500 and women 2000. ‘We hear, according to the average Dutch diet, fifteen to twenty percent of to get in with our breakfast,” says Van der Ploeg.
Skipping breakfast is not a wise choice. “Breakfast gives you energy back after the night and also the digestive system going. In addition, it prevents you later in the morning, get hungry in cake, candy or other less healthy snacks.”
Van der Ploeg explains that making breakfast is not too much time and energy you need to cost. “A whole wheat or brown bread are all a good start of the day. Therein are quite a lot of fibre needed for proper bowel function and digestion. Have you not in the mood for bread? Then switch off, for example, with oatmeal, granola or other cereals without added sugars and salt. In addition, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk or yogurt is a good addition, like fruit, that you can add or detach a food.” With a homemade, nutritious smoothie is also nothing wrong.
Breakfast is not only good for your ‘engine’ to start, but according to a recent study from the Columbia University in New York enlarges the skip it also the risk of serious health problems including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
Van der Ploeg agrees that there are more and more suspicions that how often we eat, at what times, and what meals we skip, may have an impact on our health. “There is indeed a lot of research done into the connection between the regularity of our diet, the times at which we eat and the risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and obesity.”
“It is difficult to show whether such conditions actually come out by skipping breakfast or by less healthy eating habits during the day,” says Van der Ploeg. Can skipping breakfast according to the Nutrition correlate with other, less healthy lifestyle factors such as eating more snacks and convenient food solutions. “The chance is bigger that you are without breakfast, later falls for a snack on the go or in a canteen, where maybe no healthy products for hands.”