Turns out your mom was right: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Or at least it’s important if you’re looking for ways that might reduce the risk of catching colds and flu. That’s right, people who eat breakfast in the morning are less likely to catch colds and other respiratory illnesses than those who skip breakfast, according to studies done at Cardiff University in Wales. One study of 100 students who kept nutrition and health diaries showed that subjects who caught more than one infection during the 10-week study were less likely to have eaten breakfast. The researchers theorize that whole-grain cereals may have immune-boosting properties due to the presence of micronutrients such as folate and magnesium. Whole grains are also high in fiber, which helps increase energy, fill your belly, and satisfy your appetite. For a healthy start, include 100% whole grains, fruit and a lean protein in your breakfast. Try some of our favorite breakfast ideas
from Amy Jamieson-Petonic, MEd, a Cleveland Clinic dietitian and coach of our Go! Foods for You online program.
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