To Keep Your Heart Healthy: Don’t Skip Breakfast
Heart Health and Breakfast PicEveryone says breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s true. After a long night of sleep, your body needs something to jump start its energy! Breakfast can increase alertness, improve your concentration and your performance in the board room or classroom. It’s also been proven that breakfast can help you lose weight or keep the weight off when dieting.
Did you know that eating a healthy breakfast regularly could also help you stave off heart disease? A new study released from the Harvard School of Public Health found that men who skip breakfast were 27 percent more likely to have a heart attack or suffer from heart disease than those who eat breakfast. Non-breakfast eaters also more likely to gain weight, develop diabetes, have hypertension, have high cholesterol and engage in other unhealthy behaviors like smoking, drinking and not exercising. The results of the study that looked at over 26,000 men in a 16-year period were published in the July 22, 2013 edition of the American Heart Association (AHA) journal Circulation.
Of course, it matters what type of breakfast you eat. Although this study did not look at quality of food, there are plenty of other studies that do. According to the Mayo Clinic, a healthy breakfast includes: high-fiber whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy and fruits and vegetables. Here are some of my favorite heart healthy breakfast ideas: