Sinclair Cares: The importance of breakfast

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(SBGTV) -- Breakfast has long been called the most important meal of the day.

But the American Academy of Pediatrics says as many as 12 percent of young kids don't eat it.

Even more teenagers skip out.

Check out your nearest grocery store and you'll likely find thousands of choices.

“I need a treat! Jordan: He's saying he needs a treat right now,” said Jordan Beall.

"I don't deviate from our list,” said Jack Elder.

I'm not trying to become between doting husbands and their wives wishes.

But dietitians say the list of nutrition facts is the place start.

"Breakfast is crucial especially for students because it gets their brains charged up and ready to learn in the morning and also gets them energy to fuel throughout their day,” said Jess Buscmann, clinical dietician.

Buscmann says look out for sugar.

Specifically added sugar.

It's listed as things like corn syrup, dextrose, and sucrose.

The CDC says Americans get too much added sugar and that can lead to health problems including weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease.

Some cereals have a sugary reputation but Buschmann says the amount in

Some yogurt along with flavored oatmeals and milks may surprise you.

"The more ingredients you can pronounce the better."

"You find yourself starting to read the labels and then you get discouraged because sugar is in everything."

Pre-planning, Buschmann says, will help your family.

She says list five meals your kids enjoy.

Make sure you include at least three food groups each meal.

Consider whole grains and carbohydrates like bread, cereal, or fruit--for quick energy.

Protein---like eggs or lean meat--keeps you feeling more full, longer.

and dairy helps builds bones.

"Here we have quick option would be a couple things avocado toast is very trendy right now but also very good and very nutritious for you."

"You can swap also out an egg."

Still not easy enough?

She says fruit with peanut butter is an option--to start.

"Yes, healthy eating is harder but absolutely not impossible."

And, she says it's never too late to make your grocery store choices healthier.

The FDA is updating the "nutritional facts" on food labels.

Things like the amount of "added sugar" will be included.

The government says the changes will make healthier choices easier to see.

Large food companies have until 2020 to update their packaging.

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