- Last Updated on Saturday, 10 August 2013 01:47
- Written by Judd Handler
- Hits: 1153
New research from the Harvard School of Public Health concludes that the one in five U.S. adults who regularly skip breakfast are at greater risk for heart disease.
The researchers interviewed over 25,000 people about their eating habits and tracked them for 16 years. Those who often skipped breakfast were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who regularly ate breakfast.
Studies don't often account for enough variables such as lifestyle factors. But this study, the researchers concluded, didn't matter if those that ate breakfast regularly smoked cigarettes, exercised little or frequently overate.
In other words, eating breakfast everyday, it seems, is one critical aspect of healthy living.
Why does skipping breakfast put you at greater risk for a heart attack or stroke?
It doesn't take a Ph.D. to figure out that skipping breakfast stresses the body; any armchair nutrition hobbyist can tell you that. Not eating in the morning slows metabolism, raises blood pressure and throws our body's rhythm flow--circadian rhythms--out of whack.
What the research did not account for, however, was how eating three balanced (containing lean protein, slow-burning starches and vegetables and natural fats) meals, taken at the same time every day provides a steady-running metabolism and energy flow.
Eating breakfast (and not going more than 4-5 hours before eating again) is vital to achieving balanced mental well-being. For those who unfortunately suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental imbalances, skipping meals will only add fuel to the fire.
And does this mean you can eat donuts and endless plates of bacon for breakfast and not worry about your health? Of course not. But having a donut and some bacon for breakfast is better than eating nothing at all!
It doesn't take a Harvard scientist to know that skipping breakfast is bad for you, but if anybody that you care about frequently does, at least you have the research to back it up.