heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day,
but if it consists of fast food - things like egg-and-sausage
muffin sandwiches and hash browns - you should seriously reconsider
your food choices, according to a recent study.
Researchers analyzed the blood of nine healthy adults who
each consumed a breakfast consisting of an egg muffin, sausage
muffin and two hash browns - a meal consisting of 910 calories,
81 grams of carbohydrates, 51 grams of fat and 32 grams of
protein. The meal increased inflammatory components in the
bloodstream, which stayed elevated for up to four hours.
"People who experience repeated short-lived bouts of inflammation
resulting from many such unhealthy meals can end up with blood
vessels in a chronic state of inflammation, a primary factor
in the development of atherosclerosis," commented Ahmad Alijada,
PhD, one of the researchers. Atherosclerosis (hardening of
the arteries) is one of the leading causes of heart attack
While it is still true that a healthy breakfast can jump
start your day, your food choices make all the difference.
Give your heart a break! Replace fast food with fresh fruit
and low-fat yogurt, a bran muffin, or whole-grain cereal or
Aljada A, Mohanty P, Ghanim H, Abdo T, et al. Increase in
intranuclear nuclear factor kB and decrease in inhibitor kB
in mononuclear cells after a mixed meal: evidence for a proinflammatory
effect. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2004;79(4):682-90.
Warner, J. Food breakfast triggers inflammation. www.webmd.com.
April 19, 2004.
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