Eat a ‘heart’-y breakfast

healthy breakfastYou’ve no doubt heard the mantra that it’s the most important meal of the day—after all, it does provide you with the necessary fuel for your engine. But a 16-year-long study recently published in the journal Circulation has cemented yet another reason to chow down in the a.m.: It may help prevent heart attacks and fatal heart disease.

The research, which followed almost 27,000 men, found that regular breakfast-skippers had a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who ate in the morning. Skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time. While more research is needed to flesh out the findings, the moral of the story is pretty clear: Don’t skip that morning meal!