A new study has found a link between regularly skipping breakfast and heart disease-related death. It has long been known that eating in the morning can lower the likelihood of conditions such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol. This study is the first direct connection between eating breakfast and heart-related fatality. However, additional evidence is still needed in regards to long-term outcomes in the general population.
In the study, researchers examined data from 6,550 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In interviews, 59% of participants reported eating breakfast every day, while 25% ate breakfast some days. A combined 16% said they ate breakfast rarely or never.
The study found that people who never ate breakfast had a more than 85% increased risk of heart-related death, compared to those who always ate breakfast. Additional research is needed to determine the specific factors that contribute to the negative heart effects, but in the meantime, experts recommend making breakfast a part of your routine, every day.
How to Make Breakfast Part of the Routine
- Keep it simple: Don’t think you need to make a multi-course meal. Find an option that is easy and accessible on busy mornings.
- Find healthy on-the-go options: Instant oatmeal, yogurt, fruit or toast are great ideas for in-office breakfasts.
- Use the freezer: Make a big batch of egg burritos and freeze them individually for grab-and-go meals.
- Blend it: Smoothies are a great option for long commutes. Mix frozen fruit, yogurt, milk and any additional mix-ins for a fast and filling breakfast. Spinach, protein powder or nut butter are great choices.
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