March 2019 Nutrition Newsletter

A study done by Cahill, et. al in 2013 found that men that skipped breakfast had a 27% increase in coronary heart disease over men that ate breakfast. This is pretty significant for men at risk for heart disease. On the flip side, the risk for atherosclerosis is higher in those that consume a high-fat breakfast (read bacon & doughnuts) too frequently. Obviously what we actually consume at breakfast matters too. A recent study from Finland suggests that cognitive performance in middle-aged men is improved with the consumption of eggs at breakfast. Another study found that including foods high in protein at breakfast such as eggs, Greek yogurt, low-fat cheese or nut butters provide more satiety than eating carbohydrates alone, though animal based-protein foods allow for better blood sugar control. In addition, there are plenty of studies to support school-aged children eating breakfast, especially since skipping it often impairs academic performance. By Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD

March 2019 Nutrition Newsletter