Make Heart-Healthy Breakfast Choices

10/12/2016 | 1 min. read

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Make Healthy Breakfast Choices

There’s an old adage that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Now we have research to show skipping breakfast is risky business.

An Australian study of more than 2,100 people showed that not eating breakfast triggers higher blood insulin levels and changes the way your body stores fat, both of which put you at risk for developing heart disease.

But that doesn’t mean putting just any fuel in your tank is a healthful meal. Here are some do’s and don’ts for making healthy breakfast choices.

Best & Worst Breakfast Foods

  • DON’T Eat Simple Carbs: A study conducted by Michael Shechter, M.D. at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine showed that eating high-glycemic foods at breakfast—such as white bread and cornflakes—puts stress on the arteries. In fact, sugar consumption can cause a sudden, temporary dysfunction of the arterial walls. Plus, it leads to inflammation and heart disease.
  • DON’T Frequent the Drive-Thru: No only do fast food breakfasts contain a jackpot of sugar, many are high in damaging hydrogenated oils, white flour, high fructose corn syrup, and calories!
  • DON’T Eat Processed Meats: Breakfast meats like bacon and sausage are loaded with salt, sodium nitrate and other chemicals, and unhealthy fats.
  • DO Reach for Steel Cut Oatmeal: Steel cut oatmeal mixed with chia or flaxseeds, which are rich in fiber, is a healthy breakfast choice—keeping you feeling full longer and your blood sugar steady.
  • DO Include Healthy Proteins in Your Breakfast: Farm-fresh organic eggs, avocado, and whey protein are all healthy breakfast choices.
  • DO Eat Plenty of Fresh Fruits and Their Juices: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, peaches and kiwi are excellent options. Also, choose organic whenever possible.
  • DO Use Coconut Spread which is a healthy alternative to butter and margarine.

Personally, my favorite breakfast is gluten-free bread, with coconut oil spread and mashed avocado.

Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Meet Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist and nutritionist with more than 30 years of clinical practice, research, and study. His integrative approach to heart health focuses on reducing inflammation in the body and maximizing the heart's ability to produce and use energy.

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