The Most Important Meal of the Day
We’ve all been told that what we eat for breakfast can have a profound effect on our energy levels for the rest of the day. Now the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is calling for Americans to rethink their breakfast choices in order to get the nutrients needed to ward off serious diseases, such as cancer, stroke and heart disease.
“We tend to eat pastries, or egg and fried meat, or sugary dry cereals because that is what we have always eaten in the morning,” according to Melanie Polk, RD, director of nutrition education for AICR. “But in a society in which overweight and chronic disease are rampant, it may make sense to reexamine our eating habits.”
To help consumers make more educated choices each morning, AICR recently released a 37-page pamphlet titled The New American Plate for Breakfast. The brochure says that nutrient proportions are out of balance in many Americans’ breakfasts and suggests healthy alternatives to the traditional fare.
“Why not eat breakfast pizzas, wraps, burritos and strata that include the plant foods we need to prevent chronic disease and manage our weight?” Polk asks. “Vegetables, fruit, whole grains and even beans can be blended into delicious meals that will appeal to the palate in the morning.”
To order a free copy of the AICR brochure, contact www.aicr.org or call (800) 843-8114, ext. 10.
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