The cost of skip­ping break­fast

The Week (US) - - News 19 -

When it comes to heart health, break­fast really may be the most im­por­tant meal of the day. New re­search shows that peo­ple who have only cof­fee or juice in the morn­ing are twice as likely to de­velop ath­er­o­scle­ro­sis, or “clogged” ar­ter­ies, re­ports The Guardian (U.K.). After ex­am­in­ing the di­ets of 4,052 healthy, mid­dle-aged men and women, re­searchers found that those who gen­er­ally ate a light break­fast or skipped the meal en­tirely had more plaque in their ar­ter­ies than those who ate a hearty break­fast. They were also more likely to be over­weight, smoke, and have high blood pres­sure. Co-au­thor Valentin Fuster, from Mount Si­nai Heart in New York, says miss­ing the first meal of the day can dis­rupt the body’s cir­ca­dian rhythms and trig­ger hor­mone im­bal­ances, lead­ing peo­ple to overeat later in the day. “Skip­ping break­fast in the morn­ing by it­self is not the prob­lem,” he ex­plains. “The prob­lem is what you eat after­ward.”

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