Eating breakfast and avoiding midnight snacks could reduce men’s risk of a heart attack. That is the conclusion of a large epidemiological study of male health professionals. More than 26,000 veterinarians, pharmacists, podiatrists, dentists, optometrists and osteopaths volunteered for this study in 1986. They were followed for almost 20 years. Their eating habits were evaluated based on periodic comprehensive questionnaires.
The men who reported skipping breakfast were 27% more likely to develop heart disease during the study. Those who helped themselves to late-night snacks, like Dagwood Bumstead, were 55% more likely to be diagnosed with coronary heart disease.
Other analyses of this group of men has shown that those who skip breakfast are more likely to gain weight and develop type 2 diabetes. Not eating in the morning is associated with higher cholesterol and reduced insulin sensitivity. The investigators controlled for factors such as employment, smoking, marital status, sleep and physical activity. The experts seem to agree with grandmothers that breakfast may be the most important meal of the day.
We offer a number of enticing, easy and healthy recipes for breakfast in our book, Recipes & Remedies From The People’s Pharmacy.