Breakfast has long been touted as the most important meal of the day as after a good night’s sleep, our body needs nourishment to help us get through our day. A lot of attention is normally paid to what we actually eat for breakfast, as we should opt for healthy meals like smoothies and protein sources, as opposed to sugary cereals, which can be loaded with Scary Seven ingredients. But what should also be encouraged is whether or not you’re eating anything at all. A new study has indicated that people who skip breakfast can be at risk for negative consequences to their overall health–and it may even be a factor in developing heart disease.
The study was published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. It found that subjects who regularly skip breakfast actually increased their risk of developing heart disease by as much as 27 percent.
“According to the study, failing to break the night-time fast is the key point in the increased risk of CHD (coronary heart disease) since it sends the body into a protective overdrive and could lead to insulin resistance,” reports Food Navigator.
Dr. Leah Cahill, who led the study out of the Harvard School of Public Health told Food Navigator that “skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time.”
The study, carried out over 16 years and included approximately 27,000 male health professionals aged 45-82, analyzed the effects of skipping breakfast and eating late at night. Throughout the duration of the study, “1,572 of the men had first-time cardiac events.”
While the study found that it was healthier to eat breakfast, Dr. Cahill did not explain whether or not it was worse to skip breakfast as opposed to eating an unhealthy one. While the study did not state when the best time is to eat breakfast, Dr. Cahill suggested that “within one hour of after waking is best.”
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References: Food Navigator, American Heart Association