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Feed Your Heart a Healthy Breakfast

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Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 03:32 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Years ago, your mother probably told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, it turns out that she was absolutely right.
 
There are many good reasons to start your day with a healthy breakfast. It improves memory and concentration; revs up your metabolism; and also helps with weight loss, because people who skip breakfast are more likely to make it up by snacking on high-fat foods throughout the day.
 
But it turns out that eating breakfast is also beneficial for your heart. Studies have shown that adults who have a long-term habit of skipping breakfast tend to have higher total cholesterol, higher LDL cholesterol, and higher insulin levels — all of which are precursors for heart disease and diabetes.
 
A new study published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, showed that skipping breakfast actually raised the risk of a heart attack or death from coronary artery disease 27 percent compared to regular breakfast-eaters.
 
This research, which looked at the eating habits of 26, 902 male health professionals between the ages of 45 and 82, suggests that metabolic factors account for the increased risk in cardiovascular disease. The association between skipping breakfast and heart disease held up even after accounting for differences in diet, physical activity, and smoking.
 
But it’s not only eating breakfast that’s important — it’s also what you eat. For instance, sugar-coated cereals provide only empty calories that will hike your blood sugar and leave you ravenous before long.
 
What you need to eat is a hearty breakfast that will provide your body with the fuel it needs to
function properly.I always recommend that people start the day with eggs. One of my favorite breakfasts is to scramble three egg whites. You can add other fresh, whole foods such as diced tomatoes, spinach, or mushrooms. Enjoy your eggs with a piece of whole grain (not multigrain or white) toast.
 
Add some sugar-free blueberries or a ½ cup of fresh strawberries for sweetness. This is a breakfast that will keep you well-fueled until you’re ready for lunch.

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There are many good reasons to start your day with a healthy breakfast. It improves memory and concentration; revs up your metabolism; and also helps with weight loss, because people who skip breakfast are more likely to make it up by snacking on high-fat foods throughout the day.
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