Hearty breakfast, hearty benefits

The jury’s still out on whether or not a good breakfast will help you lose weight. But with research like this, you’d still be wise to think twice before skipping it.

A team of Harvard researchers assessed the eating habits of close to 27,000 healthy older men participating in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Over the next decade-and-a-half, 1,527 of these men were diagnosed with heart disease.

Results showed that the men who passed on breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk than those who didn’t. Meanwhile, late-night eaters were as much as 55 percent more likely to run into heart trouble.

These associations accounted for issues like BMI, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. And they held regardless of what subjects ate in the morning. (In fact, the researchers didn’t even ask–though I dare say the results would have been revealing.)

The take-home message: Breakfast really might be the most important meal of the day–especially where your heart health is concerned.

“Prospective Study of Breakfast Eating and Incident Coronary Heart Disease in a Cohort of Male US Health Professionals.” Circulation. 2013 Jul 23;128(4):337-43.