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10 Bite-Size Facts You Never Knew About Your Breakfast

It's the most important meal of the day. And at Holiday Inn Express, it's the smartest too.

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1. Eating a healthy breakfast may help you feel less tired.

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According to a study in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, eating a breakfast that's high in carbohydrates and fiber "could help you feel less tired." That's because complex carbs take longer to digest. But they're soo worth it.

2. Making breakfast a daily habit could help you lose weight.

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Weight loss, it's what's for breakfast. It sounds crazy, but studies show that those who regularly eat breakfast are more likely to exercise, eat fewer calories during the day, and struggle with weight less often than those who skip breakfast altogether.

3. Frankly, you're more likable when you eat breakfast.

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When you're hungry, you're hangry. Many studies have explored the subject over the years, and nearly all of them have arrived at the same conclusion: Going without breakfast "tends to have slight but detectable effects on mood." Yeah, we noticed.

4. Eating breakfast is likely to improve your memory.

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According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the omega-3 fatty acids found in flaxseed may help boost memory in young adults. Try sprinkling ground flaxseed or berries on your breakfast and, soon enough, you won't need us to remind you!

5. Everyone needs breakfast, but kids need it more...

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Adults need breakfast, but it's imperative that kids eat too while they're still growing. Interestingly enough, studies have shown that kids who skip breakfast are more likely to be "tardy and absent from school." Stay in school; eat before that bus ride.

6. ...but older folks need breakfast too.

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It's not just the whippersnappers that need breakfast. Because seniors often eat smaller portions, they're at risk of not reaching their daily caloric intake, and skipping meals doesn't help. Luckily, breakfast can easily garnish medications.

7. A daily breakfast may help you avoid diabetes.

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In a small study conducted last year, women who were overweight and skipped breakfast experienced short-term insulin resistance, a known "risk factor for diabetes." While the results are early, it's clear that meal skipping offers little benefit.

8. Eating breakfast is a must for pregnant women.

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In addition to providing folic acid — crucial for a healthy pregnancy — breakfast also offers an easy way of reaching your daily serving of calcium, which is important "since a growing baby leeches calcium from" its mother's bones. A lovely image!

9. A good breakfast is good for your heart.

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Take this knowledge to heart: A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that those who habitually skipped breakfast "had higher 'bad' LDL and total cholesterol than lifelong breakfast eaters." So join the winning team!

10. A satisfying breakfast helps your brain perform better.

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It's called break-fast for a reason. When you eat a meal after waking up from a long nap, you replenish your body's supply of glucose. "Without glucose, our brain simply doesn't operate as well," says Terrill Bravender, pediatrics professor at Duke.

Breakfast is now the smartest meal of the day. At Holiday Inn Express, enjoy a full range of menu items — or take your meal on the go. Breakfast is on us. 🌅

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