Direct Cause? Or Correlation

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It’s thought that the lack of breakfast doesn’t immediately and directly cause plaque to form. What is more likely is that the habits of those that do not regularly eat a full, healthy breakfast are likely unhealthy in general. For example, those who skip a good breakfast may be more likely to snack frequently throughout the day, and likely on foods rich in salts, fats, and sugars. Furthermore, when they eat actual meals, those meals will likely be at a restaurant, and likewise unhealthy, or taken along with alcoholic beverages. This is especially true for those who travel for work.

Meals eaten out are very rarely nutritionally balanced. Therefore, it goes without saying that the aforementioned eating habits are unhealthy behaviors. They may end up contributing to health ailments including, but not limited to plaque buildup. Other problems that may arise are obesity, diabetes, heart disease (as mentioned earlier), and potentially, digestive problems. Inflammation, for example, is a serious concern. It can result in the digestive tract (and other places) from the things you eat. While it is a part of the body’s defense, it can exacerbate other conditions, including plaque buildup, which in turn leads to, well, you know.

Healthy Eating, Healthy Living

Healthy Eating

If you manage to eat healthy and moderate your intake, even skipping breakfast, you probably won’t develop all of these health conditions. That being said, there are a number of bad reasons to skip breakfast, and few, if any, good reasons to do so. Studies give mixed reviews on the matter of breakfast, with some insisting that skipping breakfast only makes one hungrier throughout the day, while others suggest that skipping breakfast (and late meals) can give a sort of fasting effect that is beneficial for weight loss. To be clear, however, outright starvation is undisputedly counterproductive to weight loss.

In the end, a balanced breakfast may or may not be the most important meal of the day. What’s more important is a balanced diet that meets the caloric needs of the body. When you eat is certainly important, but that is in relation to eating late at night, rather than early in the morning. If you are one who tends to skip breakfast (and even if you don’t), keep a careful eye on your calories throughout the day, and be sure to exercise regularly. Choosing healthy foods and expending the energy you consume will help prevent numerous health problems.

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