Jul 9, 2014, 7:15 PM
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Healthy breakfast effective in child growth

Tehran, July 9, IRNA -- Children who eat a healthy breakfast, do better at school and have fewer mistakes in the learning process, said a pediatrician.

The Thursday edition of the English language newspaper Iran Daily quoted Dr. Azadeh Fahimian as saying that they also become tired long after their peers who skip breakfast. Breakfast plays a great role in the growth of children aged between three and six years, she said.

When children, including kindergartners and preschoolers, have breakfast, they are fresh and happy for playing and learning, she added.

Good breakfast improves the brain function, she said. Although brain accounts for four percent of the entire body weight of a child, she said it consumes over 20 percent of the total energy. Therefore, breakfast helps a child acquire the glucose needed by the brain in the morning, she noted.

Fahimian continued that children, who don't have sufficient breakfast, eat more snacks and foods with little nutritional value such as biscuits, chocolates and cookies which causes growth disorder and digestive problems.

She said breakfast should include whole-grain bread, cheese, butter, walnut, milk and fruits. If a child eats white bread, it is digested soon and the blood sugar rises spontaneously, she said. However, blood sugar drops after a short period, leading to hunger and fatigue, she concluded.