They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and now a new study out of Umea University in Sweden is showing that to be true.
The study, published in Public Health Nutrition, showed that adolescents who ate poor breakfasts displayed a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome 27 years later, compared with their peers who ate substantial breakfasts. Metabolic syndrome is a collective term for factors linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disorders — such as obesity, high levels of triglycerides, and high blood pressure.
The study asked a group of Swedish students to complete a survey about breakfast in 1981, then checked back with them 27 years later. The study shows those who neglected to eat breakfast or ate a poor breakfast has a 68 percent higher incidence of metabolic syndrome as adults.
Researchers said more research is needed to understand the link between breakfast and health, but, to be safe, you might want to take a minute for some fruit and oatmeal this morning.