Some parents don't provide a healthy breakfast and only have time to give their children toast before they rush out in the morning.
The truth is that anything for breakfast is better than nothing, but regularly consuming fortified cereals at breakfast has the advantage of supplying the body with extra iron and other vital minerals and vitamins.
Studies have found that teenage girls who are on the border of iron deficiency can improve their performance in IQ tests by 9 points (the difference between a D and C grade in GCSEs) by upping their iron intakes.
Anemia caused through a lack of iron leads to tiredness and inability to concentrate, hardly the symptoms you want to handicap your children with at school. If they can fit in a bowl of fortified breakfast cereal and glass of juice or strawberry smoothie before their toast you could be helping them reach their full potential at school.
Both boys and girls felt hungrier after the smaller breakfast, and it's not hard to imagine how that gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach could put you off concentrating on what a teacher is saying. More children reported feeling bad rather than good during the morning when they'd eaten the smaller breakfast.
Parents who don't make sure that children have eaten a good and healthy breakfast before school are, in effect, handicapping them in their school work in several different ways.
Recent studies show that children's school performance is affected by their nutritional status in the very short term. Therefore, it is important that children are fed breakfast in some way.
There are far too many people, especially children who skip a healthy breakfast; we know that from various studies in developed countries, and even just some fresh juice from your juicer machine is better than a donut or a cookie.