We’re always being told to start the day with a well-balanced breakfast, to keep blood sugar and energy levels steady.
Now a new study in the journal Circulation has found breakfast to be heart-protective too. The Harvard School of Public Health followed 26,902 male American professionals aged between 45 and 82 years old for 16 years.
Analysing data, researchers found that men who skipped breakfast had a 27 per cent higher risk of coronary heart disease than men who ate breakfast, and men who ate late at night had a 55 per cent higher risk of coronary heart disease than those who didn’t.
They speculated that this might be because people who eat breakfast have a healthier diet overall or that regularly missing breakfast may disrupt normal metabolism and circadian rhythms which could, in theory, raise the risk of heart disease.
Whatever the cause, it serves as a reminder to men and women (and children) that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
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