Skipping breakfast: Is it good or bad for your health?

 

Do you skip breakfast? Well, after reading this we are sure that you will not do this again.

According to a new Spanish-American scientific research, people who do not eat breakfast have an increased risk of hardening and narrowing their arteries, because of the accumulation of atherosclerotic plaque, which increases the chance of heart attack or other cardiovascular problems.

In contrary, healthy breakfast has been correlated with better heart health, lower cholesterol levels and normal weight.

Researchers of Tufts University- Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, who published the relevant publication in the journal American College of Cardiology, analysed data for over 4.000 people. It was found that atherosclerosis was more frequent among those who missed breakfast and drank only coffee, juice or other non-alcoholic beverage.

These people, in addition to most cardio metabolic risk factors, also had the largest waist circumference, higher body mass index, higher blood pressure, higher lipids, and higher blood sugar (glucose) in their blood. They were also more likely to be overweight or obese, to drink a lot of alcohol and to smoke.

On the other hand, the smallest risk of atherosclerosis was a group of people who ate a proper breakfast, from which they took at least 20% of the calories of the day.

To conclude, according to scientists, despite the fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for health, about 20% to 30% of adults do not eat breakfast on a regular basis, which increases cardiovascular risk.

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