Italian breakfast is delicious and also excellent for health and body.
The typical Italian breakfast is, actually, also widespread in France, Spain and other Mediterranean areas.
It is a sweet breakfast, featured by coffee or tea for adults, and milk for kids, together with croissants, biscuits, fresh fruit and, why not, even an orange juice. Other popular alternatives are cereals, yoghurt, some types of cakes and toast with jam or chocolate.
Why is it healthy?
Prof. Pietro Migliaccio, a nutritionist specialist in gastroenterology and president of Società Italiana di Scienza dell’Alimentazione (SISA) – the Italian Society of Food Sciences – has long argued that Italian breakfast is the best from a nutritional point of view, thanks to its caloric content that provide the right amount of carbohydrates to support brain and muscle activity and, moreover, it’s also very low in fat!
Properties and benefits of Italian breakfast
Let’s take a closer look at the Italian breakfast ingredients to discover their properties and characteristics.
Biscuits, jams, fruit … all foods rich in carbohydrates and sugars that, when taken at breakfast, provide the necessary energy to face the day with energy and good mood.
There are those who prefer tea and those who do not really wake up before drinking an espresso. From the nutritional point of view there is not much difference, in fact both theine and caffeine decrease the sense of fatigue, increase concentration, facilitate the burning of fats, promote weight loss thanks to the elimination of fluids and have the effect of increasing the metabolism in general.
Orange juice has plenty of beneficial properties: first of all it is rich in vitamins and minerals, is able to protect our cardiovascular system by lowering cholesterol, fighting infections, managing to regulate the functions of the stomach, helping the digestive processes that will take place throughout the arc of the day and supports the daily work of the kidneys. Last but not least, it makes the skin more beautiful and luminous.
We conclude with an irresistibly sweet note: chocolate! Thanks to its flavonoid content, it helps to keep you active and promotes learning. Cocoa reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and blood pressure. The serotonin presents in the chocolate greatly raises morale; that’s why having chocolate for breakfast is very important to start the day in the right way!