BREAKFAST may be the most important meal of the day but one in four blue-collar workers are skipping it on a regular basis.
A recent study conducted by Fiftyfive5 on behalf of Sunny Queen Australia looked onto the eating habits of 1000 Australian workers.
It found 25% of blue-collar workers skipped three or more weekday breakfasts ahead of 16% of white-collar workers.
Those aged 18-34 were the biggest culprits, with 66% skipping breakfast at least once week.
Bundaberg Kitchen Confidence owner Wayne Bryans said there were many advantages to eating a healthy breakfast.
"The main one is it kickstarts your metabolic weight and gets the engine going," he said.
"By not eating breakfast, when you do eat something invariably you eat more because you're hungry and your body decides to keep that in case it needs it later."
Mr Bryans said eggs or a bowl of porridge were an ideal way to start your day.
"If you're going to have cereal, throw some fresh fruit in there as well to give you some extra nutritional elements," he said.
"Porridge has low GI so it's going to last in your tummy for about four to five hours before you feel hungry.
"Same with eggs as it releases an enzyme in your stomach that goes to your brain and tells it that you're full."
Nutritionist Teresa Mitchell-Paterson said a nutritious breakfast is particularly important for blue-collar workers because of the physical nature of their work and their inability to snack as often as white-collar workers.
More than a third of blue collar workers surveyed chose a bacon and egg roll (34%), with a toasted sandwich (12%), eggs (10%), pie or sausage roll (7%) and donut or pastry (6%) rounding out their typical top five choices.
"An egg-and-bacon roll can be nutritious but a 'typical' one contains fried, fatty bacon, butter and barbecue sauce in a white bread roll. That's 3144kjs and almost 50g of fat which is the total fat value for an entire day."
The study comes as new draft guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommend that sugar should make up less than 10% of a person's daily energy intake, advising that a reduction to below 5% would have additional benefits.
Multigrain sour dough bread
Grated beetroot and carrot
Protein - sustains energy levels and supports muscle growth
Choline and folate - for brain and nerve function to keep focused
Vitamins - for a healthy immune system
Essential carotenoids - for eye health
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