A research by Harvard University of some time ago stated that having breakfast reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study was conducted on a cohort of 26,902 American men aged 45-82 years. Among the results obtained, it is interesting to note that men who had missed breakfast had a 27% higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than those who had taken a good meal in the morning. Dr. Cahill and colleagues therefore concluded that it is not good to skip breakfast, especially for males, who appear to be more prone to coronary heart disease.

In this regard we asked the opinion of Dr. Stefano Erzegovesi, a psychiatrist and nutritionist, coordinator of clinical and research activities at the Center for Eating Disorders at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. Here is the article he wrote for us.

“Reading this article, published a few years ago but still very current, I remembered the saying of the popular tradition that advises us to make a breakfast “fit for a king”.

According to the article, published by a very reliable research group (the Harvard School of Public Health), skipping breakfast in the morning is an important cardiovascular risk factor, with a higher risk of heart attack or death due to ischemic heart disease.

How is the breakfast related to the health of our heart? Scholars hypothesize an indirect link: by skipping breakfast, we tend to eat more in the sundial and evening hours, thus favoring a metabolic functioning enemy of the heart, due to the greater risk of obesity, high blood pressure, hyperglycemia and insulin resistance, high cholesterol.


So we should try to always have breakfast in the morning, to protect our heart but, above all, not to have extra pounds and to be always lucid and mentally focused.

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Just 3 tips for the ideal, energetic and healthy breakfast: 1) try to limit as much as possible the products based on sugar and refined industrial flours and, more generally, products with a high glycemic index: sugar rises rapidly in the blood, but just as rapidly it comes down, leading us to have, in the middle of the morning, a drop in strength and concentration and hunger attacks; 2) use integral products, e.g. cereal flakes with dried and fresh fruit and yogurt, a cream of rice or an oats porridge or, more simply, a slice of real wholemeal bread with 2 walnuts and a veil of jam. If we love savory breakfast, let’s eat a slice of wholemeal bread with some fresh cheese or a soft-boiled egg;

3) in the morning we also need to hydrate: drink a nice cup of light tea and with little theine (like the bancha tea), or an almond or cow’s milk (if we digest it well), or a fruit juice and/or vegetables.

Try to change your breakfast and pay attention to the difference: you will be more energetic, yoy will eat less at subsequent meals and your heart will thank you”.

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