How important is breakfast? Research suggests that men who skip the first meal of the day have an increased risk of a heart attack.
New research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association found that men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of a heart attack, some fatal, than those who made breakfast a daily habit. Not a fan of a morning meal? Dietitians say that skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do for your body. Here’s why: Skip breakfast and your blood sugar levels plummet, leaving you irritable and more prone to overeating at your next meal. When you wake up, and your energy levels are at their lowest, starting the day on empty is a surefire way to tax your system even further. According to the researchers, forgoing breakfast may lead to obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which increase your risk of a heart attack over time. So start off your day right with a nutritious meal, like fruit and cottage cheese, oatmeal and berries, scrambled eggs, whole-grain cereal with milk, or toast with peanut butter.