By Evie Andreou
NEARLY one in five or 21 per cent of primary school children in Cyprus do not have breakfast causing health problems later on, the dieticians and nutritionists association said yesterday.
To mark world diabetes day on November 14, the association presented the results of research conducted in 2012 on primary school children’s dietary habits.
According to the research, primary school children who did not eat breakfast had a greater percentage of weight gain compared to children that did have breakfast.
Furthermore, children who regularly have breakfast seem to follow the Mediterranean diet more and have greater concentrations of Fe serum, that relates to the amount of iron stored in the body, and smaller waist and fat percentage compared to children who skip breakfast.
The association also said that the right breakfast can determine blood sugar regulation throughout the rest of the day.
“People with Type I diabetes, usually diagnosed among children and younger adults, who skip breakfast face hypoglycaemic attacks and have problems managing diabetes,” the association said.
The ideal combination for a well balanced breakfast, according to the experts, is carbohydrates of low glycaemic index combined with item rich in fibre like apples, and strawberries and low fat protein, like dairy.