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Is eating breakfast good for you?

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I strongly believe it is.

Although this topic has been discussed for years, the lack of consistency of reports and newspaper articles has been frustrating for many. Take for example a study published in the American Heart Association Journal, Circulation, in July 2013. This study followed the eating habits of almost 27,000 men between 1992 and 2008 and concluded that “eating breakfast was associated with significantly lower cardiovascular disease risk”. In fact, in this study, the men that skipped breakfast had 27% higher risk of dying from a heart attack or other coronary heart disease. However another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in September 2013 concluded that “the belief in link between eating breakfast in the morning and cardiovascular benefits exceeds the strength of scientific evidence”.

So how do we know if eating breakfast in the morning is good for us?

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Does the Mediterranean diet lead to a better health?

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Nutritional studies show it does.

The Mediterranean diet has been around for a while. It was first advocated by Ancel Keys who became interested in data which showed that American business executives who were thought to be the best fed in the world had higher rates of heart disease than people living in post war Europe where the food supplies were limited. In 1950s / 60s he conducted his Seven Countries Study which for the first time objectively showed that the Mediterranean diet is healthier than other diets. He concluded that saturated fats found in milk and meat have adverse effects on the health while unsaturated fats found in e.g. olive oil had beneficial effects on health. However it was not until Continue reading