Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eat Your Wheaties

This article is of significance to me because breakfast is by far my least favorite meal.

Not Eating Breakfast Can Increase Risk of Heart Disease By Health News Team • Oct 28th, 2010

In the modern world of school and work, it is becoming increasingly difficult to sit down at the table and have a nutritious breakfast before rushing out the door. However, The Daily Mail reports that a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that skipping breakfast can have long-term health consequences.

Paradoxically, it also puts individuals at a higher risk for obesity, because the body is compelled to store large fat deposits around the midsection. Cholesterol and blood sugar levels may also suffer from a lack of a morning meal.

The study assessed 2,184 children for 20 years and found that those who skipped breakfast were at a higher risk for all of these factors, which can lead to heart disease. Researchers speculated that the participants who didn't eat this crucial first meal went on to eat sugary snacks to compensate, replacing valuable and healthy foods with junk.

These volunteers were also found to have more irregular meal times in general, which can lead to an increase in snacking, and may even alter the way the body stores fat.

The Mayo Clinic states that those looking to reduce their risk of heart disease may want to eat more low-fat proteins, such as fish or skinless poultry.

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