It's been said for generations: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
But a new report confirms this is more than just an adage relayed to kids by parents around the world: it's advice that could save your life!
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, a study of men 45-82 discovered that those who commonly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of heart disease than those who took a few minutes for a bowl of cereal or an egg sandwich.
To what do researchers attribute these findings?
If you skip breakfast, you will be hungrier later in the day.
You will therefore eat larger meals, meaning the body will be forced to process a large number of calories in a short period of time. This can cause a spike in blood sugar levels and clogged arteries.
Explains study author Leah Cahill:
“Prolonged fasting leads to increases in diastolic and systolic blood pressure, blood concentrations of insulin, triglycerides, free fatty acids and LDL-cholesterol, and to decreases in blood concentrations of HDL-cholesterol.”
Cahill added that the timing of breakfast is important because "bodies need to be fed food regularly in order to maintain healthy levels of blood lipids such as cholesterol, hormones such as insulin, and normal blood pressure."
Eating early in the day can reset one's metabolism and reduce the strain of fasting.
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