Can Breakfast Really Help Prevent Heart Attacks?

breakfast-reduces-heart-attack-riskDid you skip breakfast this morning? Tsk tsk. Food is a good thing. Especially when you’re breaking your overnight fast. Break-fast. Did you already know that one? Well, how about this one?

A newly completed Harvard study (which began in 1982) suggests breakfast, in some mysterious and reportedly conclusive way, may actually reduce a man’s risk of having a heart attack or suffering from coronary heart disease.

The study was performed on a large group of men between the ages of 45 and 82, but the researchers believe the results are easily applicable to the general male population.

Now, the really fascinating stuff from the study: the difference between breakfast eaters and non-breakfast eaters. The breakfast eaters enjoyed a 27 percent decrease in heart stress or conditions that could lead to a breakdown of the essential blood pumper. Breakfast eaters were also found to live healthier overall lifestyles. Non-breakfast eaters surveyed in the study had greater rates of smoking and excessive drinking than their breakfast-eating counterparts.

When you think about it, it makes sense. Healthy foods like whole grains, fiber and essential fatty acids are a part of traditional breakfast foods. So there you have it: Don’t skip breakfast.

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