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Skipping Breakfast? Are You Increasing Your Risk For Heart Disease?

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Skipping breakfast? You may want to reconsider.

We all know that the types of foods we eat have a major impact on our health. We’ve also been told that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day.’ As it turns out, eating breakfast not only helps with weight control but also impacts your risk of heart disease. A study published July 23, 2013, in the journal Circulation revealed that men who skip breakfast are 27 percent more likely to develop heart disease than men who begin each day with a meal.¹ Additionally, the timing of meals is important. This study also demonstrated that men who eat late at night have a 55 percent higher risk for cardiovascular disease than those who go to bed on an empty stomach.

Previous trials have shown that adults who skip meals are more likely to exhibit certain cardiovascular risk factors, such as excessive body weight, hypertension, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. Habitually skipping breakfast, for example, can increase your chances for significant weight gain by 15 percent and heighten your risk for type 2 diabetes by over 20 percent. This is the risk study that has linked poor eating patterns to coronary heart disease.

Additionally, it is best to spread your calories out over the day. Individuals who consume all of their daily caloric needs at one sitting tend to have higher LDL-C, triglyceride, apolipoprotein-B and blood pressure levels.

What to do if you wake up not hungry? Have a small meal consisting of healthy protein and complex carbohydrates found in veggies or a small amount of low glycemic fruit (like berries). A protein smoothie is a great way to start your day. Check out our amazing breakfast recipes!

At The Center for Fully Functional® Health store, we carry a wide variety of protein powders including one that’s geared toward supporting detoxification, immune function, healing the GI tract, and glycemic control.

Please Note: Above statements are not written by Health Realizations nor the opinion of Health Realizations

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