Have a good day

`BREAKFAST IS the most important meal of the day' sounds like something cooked up by a mothers' organisation to make sure kids do not skip breakfast. Many people skip the meal for lack of time or because they are dieting, reduce it to a paltry tiffin, or simply postpone it.

Studies show that skipping breakfast as a habit can lead to weight gain in the long term. A good breakfast should provide 30-40 per cent of a day's calorie needs, which is why tiffins, beloved by Indians, are insufficient. Idlis, chapattis, whole-wheat bread, and parboiled rice or brown rice (not polished rice) are the best sources of carbohydrate for breakfast. Beans, dal, curd, chicken, boiled egg whites, fish and lean cuts of meat are excellent sources of protein. Beans complement chapattis well because each contains essential amino acids deficient in the other. Fresh fruits are an excellent source of vitamins, dietary fibre and antioxidants. Nuts and vegetable oils, barring coconut and palm oil, are a good source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.

Breakfast is definitely worth the fuss.