Skipping Breakfast Associated with Increased Heart Issues + Quick Breakfast Recipes

We’ve all heard the notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well now a new study out of Harvard suggests that breakfast may be a matter of life or death.

Via CBS News

Men who regularly skip breakfast were found in a new study to be at higher risk of a heart attack or death caused by heart disease than their counterparts who eat the meal daily.

“Don’t skip breakfast,” warned study author Dr. Leah E. Cahill, a postdoctoral research fellow in the nutrition department at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Mass., in a statement.

A healthy breakfast is linked to benefits like a lower risk for diabetes and obesity, and has also been shown to give eaters a daily boost of energy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture adds that kids who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to behave better in school, earn higher test scores for math and reading, pay attention, problem solve and be less likely to become overweight than kids who skip the meal.

To find out whether skipping a morning meal messed with the heart, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health enlisted nearly 27,000 men between the ages of 45 and 82, who were enrolled in a study of male health professionals. They were tracked for 16 years…read more.

My biggest issue with this study is that is focused on men. Why do you ask? Well, considering that heart disease is the number one killer of women, I think that in itself warrants a study. I can use my own deductive reasoning and say this study is applicable to women as well.

Not hungry when you wake up? You don’t have to force yourself to eat a heavy meal but you can feel and hydrate yourself with a fiber/protein filled smoothie; something simple like kale, avocado, frozen bananas, and pineapple juice blended up will get your morning off to a lovely start.

Here are some other YGL Breakfast friendly recipes:

Plantain Kale Hash
Plantain Quinoa Cereal/Porridge
Green Powerhouse Smoothie
Mellow Yellow Watermelon Smoothie
Green Love Smoothie

Do you skip breakfast in the am? If so, what is your primary reason for doing so?


YGL staff