By Mary MacVean
4:20 p.m. CDT, July 22, 2013
Even Elmo knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day in his world, but there hasn’t been enough scientific evidence for the federal government to recommend it for grownups.
Still, it sounds like it might be a wise move to stock up on oatmeal and the like. In an article released Monday in the journal Circulation, researchers found that men who skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of coronary heart disease than men who ate their morning meal – though we imagine that big daily plates of bacon and pancakes with syrup are not the ideal.
The researchers also found, using a large ongoing study of mostly white men, that those who ate late at night had a 55% higher risk of coronary heart disease. They didn’t find an association with the number of times a day a person ate.
Those associations were true — if somewhat less so — when other habits and conditions that would cause coronary heart disease were factored in, said the researchers, from Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Snacking and skipping breakfast are common among Americans, the researchers noted. And such habits have been associated with weight gain, high blood pressure and diabetes, they wrote.