Do you just grab a coffee to-go for breakfast?
We all have different ways of kickstarting our day. Some of us plan a nutritious breakfast, others opt for coffee and there are even some folks who leave for work without breakfast altogether! But who can blame them amidst their busy lifestyle and schedules? I mean skipping breakfast won’t really harm us right? Sadly, research has proven otherwise. Skipping breakfast may be extremely dangerous for your heart and health!
A study from the American College of Cardiology has found out that skipping breakfast could lead to the build-up of plaque in your arteries, eventually harming your heart health. The team of researchers surveyed the eating habits of more than 4 000 male and female volunteers by noting down their breakfast patterns and daily calorie intake.
There were three distinct groups in the results. The first group consisted of people who skipped breakfast as they usually only opt for coffee or juice. Second, were people who were proper breakfast eaters as they consume 20% of their daily calorie intake during breakfast. And lastly were the breakfast eaters who had between 5-20% of their daily energy intake during breakfast, making them low-energy breakfast consumers.
They found out that 2.9% of the participants skipped breakfast, 69.4% of them were low energy breakfast consumers and only 27.7% of them made sure to have a proper amount of breakfast daily.
The researchers found out that the participants who skipped breakfast were recorded to have the highest waist circumference, body mass index and blood pressure.
The percentage of people who skipped breakfast also had a higher frequency of plaque in their arteries than the other two groups. The low energy breakfast consumers also had a higher amount of plaque than those who had proper breakfasts.
Assistant professor at Tufts University, Jose L. Penalvo, who is also the senior author of this study says, “Aside from the direct association with cardiovascular risk factors, skipping breakfast might serve as a marker for a generally unhealthy diet or lifestyle which in turn is associated with the development and progression of atherosclerosis.”.
Seems like breakfast is super important after all! Click here for some easy breakfast ideas.