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Build a better breakfast

March 1, 2022

Go beyond toast and coffee and include more heart-healthy nutrients in your morning meal.

six slices of toast shown with a variety of nut butters and fruits on them

Many studies have linked eating breakfast to better health, including a lower risk of heart disease. But does breakfast itself deserve the credit — or do habitual breakfast eaters have other healthy habits that explain the association?

It’s hard to say for sure. But nutrition experts agree that having breakfast is a good opportunity to eat some of the nutrient-rich foods you need for keeping your heart in good shape. "The message is similar for everyone: Eat more whole grains instead of refined carbs, and choose healthy protein sources with more unsaturated fat and less saturated fat," says Linda Antinoro, a dietitian at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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