Researchers at the University of Nottingham, U.K., have released a study showing that normal weight women who skip breakfast have higher fasting levels of total and LDL cholesterol, and have impaired insulin sensitivity to a test meal – which raises serum glucose levels. The implications of this study are that women may not only gain weight, but increase their risk of heart disease and stroke by avoiding eating first thing in the morning.
The timing of the breakfast meal – cereal with 2% milk – made the difference in the metabolic test results. Women who ate the cereal before 0800 hours showed better test results than those who ate the same cereal between 1220 – 1330 hours.
I don’t know if this is a cultural requirement, but all participants in the study got a chocolate-covered cookie between 1030 and 1100 hours. Hey, I’m lucky if I get to go to the bathroom during my office hours, let alone get a yummy cookie!
The news article is found here: “Eating Breakfast May Do a Heart Good”