Breakfast is essential for children: it protects against diabetes

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Philippe Gloaguen
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Yet another study that confirms the importance of breakfast for children.

Children who skip it are more at risk of suffering from dietary diabetes and being overweight or obese as adults.

Instead who does it take less risk, especially if you choose high-fiber cereals (wholemeal ones with no added sugar, so to speak) instead of biscuits.


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This is the result of research conducted by researchers at St. George's University in London and published in the San Francisco-based weekly medical journal PLoS Medicine.

The study analyzed the eating habits of the participants: 4.116 children between the ages of 9 and 10. They were asked whether or not they ate breakfast and what types of food they ate.

The first results showed that among the children who skipped breakfast most days (26%) there was a higher risk of diabetes than the others. In particular, they had higher fasting insulin levels and higher insulin resistance levels (which can lead to diabetes).

In addition, among the children who ate breakfast, those who ate high-fiber cereals had lower levels of insulin resistance than those who preferred biscuits. Consumption of fiber could therefore protect against the risk of early development of type 2 diabetes.

The long-term risks of this type of diabetes? Initially it can often be controlled with diet, exercises, and medications. In some cases, insulin injections are needed to check the blood level in the blood. Long-term complications concern the risk of heart attacks, a reduction in life expectancy of about 10 years compared to those who do not suffer from it, especially in people over 40 and overweight.

Pay attention to the label of cereals: not all those on the market are rich in fiber

Pay attention to the cereal label you find on the market. Researchers at St. George's University in London have pointed out that the grains they contain are "high in fiber" at least 3 grams of fiber for every 40 grams of product (for example many whole grains). Read also Children's nutrition: foods that are promoted and rejected

In their research, scholars have in fact divided the breakfasts into five macro-categories:

  1. breakfasts with high fiber content (with at least 3 or more grams of fiber per 40 grams of product)
  2. breakfasts a low fiber content (with less than 3 grams of fiber per 40 grams of product)
  3. based breakfasts bread
  4. based breakfast cookies
  5. other breakfasts.

The study found that it is precisely the breakfasts with high-fiber cereals that have a protective effect against the risk of type two diabetes in children.

(Read also: feeding children, pass and fail foods)


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The link of the study on the PLoS Medicine website

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