Eat breakfast to lower heart risk

Published: October, 2013

Men who regularly eat breakfast have a lower risk of heart attack or death from heart disease than do men who skip the first meal of the day.

The finding, reported in the journal Circulation, comes from 16 years of data from 26,902 healthy American men ages 45 to 82 enrolled in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Researchers led by Dr. Eric B. Rimm, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, note that there hasn't been formal evidence to back up the often-repeated adage "breakfast is the most important meal of the day."

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