You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A new study is revealing that this is in fact true. The study showed that skipping breakfast is the worst meal you can miss because it has actually been shown to increase your risk for heart attack.
Nutritionists at the Harvard School of Public Health analyzed data on over 25,000 men from the ages of 45-82. What they discovered was that those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk for having a heart attack or death from heart disease.
Researchers found that healthy men that regularly skipped breakfast had a higher risk for getting diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity. They also discovered that people who skipped breakfast usually had other unhealthy habits such as smoking, whereas those who ate breakfast on a regular basis did not have as many unhealthy habits.
This study was performed on men only which led many to wonder, does skipping breakfast have the same effect on women? Harvard researchers answered, “There's no reason why the results wouldn't apply to other people.” Statistics reveal that heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S.
It is not clear as to why skipping breakfast can cause heart problems. Researchers pointed to the fact that people who skip breakfast eat larger portions later in the day. This leads the blood sugar to spike and dip at extreme rates which can lead to clogged arteries.
So if you’ve been skipping breakfast we suggest you start eating it now. It is the most important meal of the day after all. Let us know what you think in the comments below! And let us know what you eat in the mornings (if you’re not guilty of skipping breakfast too).