U.S. Breakfasts Need a Makeover

HOUSTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) — More children are grabbing a toaster pastry, a fast food sandwich, or skipping breakfast entirely, than did a decade ago, U.S. researchers say.

Breakfast, considered the most important meal of the day, is being skipped by 20 percent of U.S. children and 32 percent of U.S. adolescents, a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association says.

Researchers at the Agricultural Research Service Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, found children and teens who consumed ready-to-eat cereal for breakfast were more likely to have better quality diets and healthier weights.

Compared to breakfast skippers, children and teens who ate breakfast cereal had higher intakes of almost all vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins along as well as calcium, potassium and magnesium — three nutrients found in milk.

“If your kids don’t make the most of this opportunity in the morning, then they’ll likely not make up for it later in the day,” registered dietitian and blogger Liz Weiss, who is also part of The Meal Makeover Moms, says in a statement. “One of the best ways to be sure you’ve got all their bases covered is to pour a bowl of cereal with low-fat milk. It’s not only easy, quick and affordable, but it’s one of the most nutrient-rich choices you can make.”

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