Starting the day with a hearty meal may help heart health and more...
It looks like Mom and Dad were right (again): Skipping breakfast may really be a bad idea. In a study published in 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, people who ate small breakfasts or skipped them entirely appeared to be at higher risk for artery-clogging blood vessel plaque than those who had substantial morning meals. Plaque risk was 40 to 50 percent higher for those who ate lightly (mostly coffee and toast or pastries) and even higher in those who ate nothing. Breakfasts considered "substantial" in this research included produce, healthy fats, cereal, and protein. This study can't prove cause and effect, but it mirrors earlier research that found skipping or skimping on breakfast could lead to making unhealthy food choices and consuming more calories later in the day, extra abdominal fat, and higher levels of inflammation and blood sugar, researchers say.
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