October 14th, 2015 | The Blog
Everyone’s mother always said it and now a study has been done to prove the importance of it…eating breakfast is important. There are many studies investigating what affect eating breakfast has on a person’s general health. One study in particular, done by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), was a long-term look at almost 27, 000 men, ages 45 to 82 years old, over a 16-year span of time.
The Effects of Skipping Breakfast
Skipping breakfast can have one or more of the following effects on a person, when compared to a person who does eat breakfast, according to the recent study:
People who skip breakfast also crave and tend to eat high calorie, more appealing snacks later in the day, especially the late morning hours. Hence, they over eat and tend to lean towards obesity.
At the outset of the study, no one had been diagnosed heart disease or cancer. At the end of the 16 year study, 1,572 of the male study participants experienced non-fatal heart attacks or died of coronary artery disease.
Men who admitted not eating breakfast reported a 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary artery disease than those who regularly ate breakfast.
Interestingly, another finding of the study reports that eating late at night is also not a healthy life choice. Those who eat late at night have a 55% higher risk of developing coronary artery disease than those who do not eat late at night.
A Good Breakfast
Eating a nutritious breakfast is important to keep a person healthy and provide the energy needed to make it through the day.
Here are some guidelines to eating a healthy breakfast:
The advice derived from this eating study is quite simple. It is this: do not skip breakfast. Why? Because eating a healthy breakfast is key factor in lowering a person’s risk of having a heart attack.