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Your Breakfast May Wreck Your Smile

By Jill Feilmeier on December 18, 2012 in Just for Kicks

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It has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After all, it helps us to start out our day on the right foot. It jump starts our metabolism that has been on low-gear all night and helps maintain our weight. It even helps kids concentrate better in school. Studies have shown that kids who skip breakfast are tardy and absent from school more often.

But are we really feeding our kids the types of food that contribute to the positive effects of breakfast? Some would argue that we are not!

Life often seems so busy that making time in the morning before work or school to have a nutritious meal seems daunting. What, then, has become the normal go-to breakfast for busy parents?

Sugar-laced, processed foods!

A serving of two Pop-Tarts have just as much sugar as an entire can of soda and one bowl of kid's cereal has as much sugar as a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. And that's before the milk!

This disturbing trend has dentists1 worried that feeding your child these common breakfasts foods may be causing painful tooth decay.

If you and your kids seem unable to make time for a healthy breakfast, consider enrolling your children in a school breakfast program. If there are no programs near you, pack a breakfast brown-bag or smoothie the night before that can be eaten on the way to school and work.

These simple breakfast meals may help you avoid a dental disaster later. Smoothies made of fresh fruit and low-fat milk, breakfast sandwiches with egg and bacon, and slice of bread with peanut butter are all great choices to support your oral and overall health.

Do you have any simple low-sugar breakfast meals? Leave them in the comments for our busy moms or click here for healthy breakfast recipes

Photo Credit: AKA Mom Mag