What Happens When You Skip Breakfast? 2,000 Death Records Reveal the Answer

You’ve heard it before…

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the

Eating breakfast is
linked to lower body weight, better cognitive performance, and healthier blood
sugar levels.[i]

But it turns out that an early
meal has an even more important benefit.[ii]

A new study shows that people who skip breakfast have a much higher risk of dying of heart disease.[iii]

The research was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Scientists followed 6,550 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. That program lasted from 1988 to 1994.

By 2011, more than 2,300 of the subjects had died. The scientists checked those death records against the subjects’ eating habits. The data showed that people who skipped breakfast were 87% more likely to die of heart disease.

Breakfast was found to be even more important to people with a history of heart trouble.

Subjects who had suffered a heart attack increased their death risk by up to 500% if they did not eat breakfast compared to heart attack patients who did eat breakfast.

The analysis was coauthored by Dr. Wei Bao. He and his coauthors theorize that not eating breakfast may

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