Should I eat pastries for breakfast?

June 30, 2024 | 05:41 pm PT
To save time, I eat pastries and drink milk in the morning. Can this cause weight gain, obesity, and affect health? (Trang, 26, Hanoi)


Our bodies require an average of 2,000 to 2,500 calories daily, with breakfast ideally providing 400 to 500 calories. Consuming a reasonable amount of calories at breakfast is essential, as too many can lead to heaviness, overfullness, and reduced concentration.

Regular consumption of pastries, which are primarily made from simple carbohydrates such as flour, along with eggs, milk, and butter, can contribute to weight gain and obesity. It is healthier to opt for complex carbohydrates like whole grains, wholemeal bread, oats, fresh fruits, and vegetables, which offer stable energy and fiber.

Pastries are not recommended for breakfast. Illustration photo by Pixabay

Pastries are not recommended for breakfast. Illustration photo by Pixabay

A breakfast consisting only of low-protein and low-calorie fruits is insufficient either as it does not provide the necessary nutrients to sustain energy and maintain normal metabolism. Additionally, the high enzyme content in fruits can disrupt gastric fluid balance, causing stomach pain.

For a healthy start to the day, ensure your breakfast includes a balanced mix of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fruits, and vegetables. Ideal foods for an adult’s breakfast are eggs, milk, soybeans, fish, meat, and cereals.

Beginning the day with a glass of water is beneficial for hydrating the body after a night’s sleep and aids in digestion and metabolism.

Limiting sugar and processed foods is also recommended as they can spike blood sugar levels and lead to early hunger.

Dr. Huynh Tan Vu

Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital

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