A new study has found that people who skip or eat very little amount in the breakfast could be doubling their risk of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is often associated with the fat build-up in arteries or atherosclerosis and is the leading cause of death and disability in the UK.
It was found that people whose breakfast contained less than 5% of the recommended daily calorie intake had twice the number of atherosclerotic plaques as compared to those who ate a high-energy breakfast. Moreover, certain areas of the heart depicted 2.5 times higher number of plaques in people who skipped their breakfast.
Irina Uzhova, the lead author of the study and researcher from the Centro National de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) further commented that people who skip breakfast are more likely to have an unhealthy lifestyle.
Tracy Parker, a senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said “Coronary heart disease is one of the biggest killers in humans. Extensive research has already established the significance of eating a breakfast. This study is yet another reminder that it’s not only what we eat, but also when we eat it that affects our risk.”
“The study confirms the importance of eating breakfast and should inspire people to kick-start their day with a healthy meal for a healthy heart.”
CNIC researchers further recommended a cup of coffee, milk or yoghurt, fruit, and wholemeal bread with tomato and olive oil for a “high-energy” breakfast.