By Sylvia Booth Hubbard – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health
Mom always begged you to eat breakfast, saying it was the most important meal of the day. Once again, science proves that mom was right. Researchers from Japan’s Osaka University found that among its many benefits, eating breakfast every day could help ward off stroke.
The researchers followed 82,000 healthy men and women aged 45 and older for up to 15 years. The volunteers were classified as having breakfast up to two times a week, three to four times a week, five to six, or seven times a week.
Results, which were published in the journal Stroke, showed that eating breakfast decreased the risk of stroke, and the more days a week the participants had breakfast, the lower their risk. Those who ate breakfast the least had a 20 percent higher risk of stroke, especially a cerebral hemorrhage, when compared to those who ate breakfast the most.
A study from Harvard Medical School found that skipping breakfast raises a man’s risk of having a heart attack or developing heart disease.
Men who skipped breakfast were 27 percent more likely to develop heart disease, 15 percent more likely to gain a large amount of weight, and 21 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
Eating breakfast jumpstarts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories throughout the day. “Studies have found that although people who skip breakfast eat slightly fewer calories during the day, they tend to have higher body mass index, or BMI,” says Christy C. Tangney, a clinical dietitian at Rush University Medical Center. A Finnish study found that children who skipped breakfast were more likely to be obese.
Breakfast can also help academic performance. A report compiled by the Food Research and Action Center found that children who ate breakfast were able to learn better than those who didn’t eat breakfast. The report indicated not eating breakfast could lead to attention problems and lower math scores. Those who skipped breakfast were more likely to repeat a grade.
Coffee lowers the risk of other cancers as well, including breast, prostate, and liver. It also slows the onset of Alzheimer’s, lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Type 2 diabetes.
Those who ate eggs also had higher levels of a hormone (PYY3-36) that signals fullness, and they reported feeling fuller before lunch. In addition, they ate less food at noon than those who ate cereal. “This study shows that diets with higher protein quality may enhance satiety, leading to better compliance and success of a weight-loss diet,” said researcher Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar.