Rise and shine breakfast lovers because your day is about to get a whole lot better with today’s discussion on the health benefits of your favorite morning meal. With recent studies showing that eating breakfast can help reduce weight, high cholesterol, and blood pressure, mornings just got a whole lot better.
We are what we eat
Not only are they finding that breakfast is good for us to eat, but they are also finding that it is the meal where we should be consuming the most calories. That is great news for those of us who like our hearty breakfasts.
A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate their largest meal earlier in the day were more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who consumed their biggest meal toward the end of the day. This shows that consuming more of our calories at the start of the day and fewer at the end boosts metabolism, prevents obesity and reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
So what happens to those who skip breakfast?
Another new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that people who skip breakfast are more likely to have a condition called atherosclerosis, or hardening and narrowing of the arteries because of plaque than people who have a hearty meal at the start of the day.
This may explain why previous studies like this 2014 one, which countered the widely held belief that eating breakfast helped with weight loss, found that skipping breakfast had "no discernible effect on weight loss in free-living adults who were attempting to lose weight."
Even with the knowledge of those stats, skipping breakfast is still a daily occurrence for many people that consider themselves too busy to stop and eat before work. That is where meal planning comes in handy.
Develop a meal plan with your dentist
In January, the American Heart Association issued a scientific statement on how meal planning can affect our heart health. Statement author, Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD., an associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University in New York City states that “Meal timing may affect health due to its impact on the body’s internal clock. In animal studies, it appears that when animals receive food while in an inactive phase, such as when they are sleeping, their internal clocks are reset in a way that can alter nutrient metabolism."
Marie-Pierre St-Onge continues that this process results "in greater weight gain, insulin resistance and inflammation." When it comes to losing weight and staying healthy, maybe we should pay more attention to the numbers on the clock than the numbers on the nutrition label.
It is important to understand what to eat and when to eat. There are specific foods that can also benefit one's oral health. By speaking with a dentist, you can integrate healthy habits into your diet that will benefit the health of your teeth and gums. Call today to learn more about what you can incorporate into your diet to benefit your smile.