Have you ever thought that some eating habits can cost you several years of your life? Sometimes morning rituals seem quite normal and quite harmless, but they are still able to shorten life expectancy.
There are two types of people: those who like breakfast, and those who hate it. The way you decide to start your day can affect your health, including provoking the occurrence or exacerbation of chronic diseases.
A cup of coffee before breakfast
Although you can hurry up and pour yourself a cup of coffee first thing when you wake up, it’s better to wait until you have breakfast. A study conducted in October 2020 by the University of Bath showed that drinking black coffee in the morning on an empty stomach can have a negative impact on blood sugar control, which is a risk factor for diabetes and heart disease. It has been found that drinking black coffee increases the blood glucose response to breakfast by about 50%.
It is believed that skipping breakfast can affect your metabolism. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in February 2020 found that participants who preferred a hearty breakfast to a hearty dinner burned almost twice as many calories during the day. Those who had breakfast also reported lower blood sugar and insulin levels. And another argument in favor of a more dense breakfast: the study also showed that participants who ate a low-calorie (instead of a high-calorie) breakfast reported increased feelings of hunger, especially with regard to sweets. All of these effects were associated with the risk of obesity, which, as the NIH study showed, can shorten life expectancy by up to 14 years. However, well-known nutritionists offer a late breakfast option that combines the benefits of weight loss and healthy recharging.
It is worth looking at skipping breakfast from the point of view of heart health. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in April 2019, which involved 6,550 U.S. adults, showed that those who skipped breakfast had an 87% higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease than those who had breakfast. The reason was found in higher cholesterol and high blood pressure. But, of course, we are also talking about a healthy diet, and not just about the time of meals.
Juice for breakfast
A glass of juice added to breakfast may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A study published in September 2019 in the journal Diabetes Care found that increasing the consumption of 100% fruit juice by ½ cup per day increases the risk of diabetes by 16%. Instead, the researchers suggest replacing the juice with whole fruit, which contains much more fiber than the squeeze.
Drinks that interfere with taking medications
If you like to drink a glass of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice at breakfast, be careful and consider skipping this treat if you are taking medication. The FDA notes that grapefruit juice can interact with medications and changing the content that enters the bloodstream. Also, a number of popular foods and medications can interfere with taking vitamins).
The smell of bacon sizzling in a frying pan is associated with breakfast for many, but not everyone knows that eating it can increase the risk of colorectal cancer. A study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in February 2020 showed that eating just one piece of bacon (25 grams), that is, processed meat, per day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 20%. The study, which was conducted over five years, involved almost half a million adults in the United Kingdom aged 40 to 69 years. According to the American Cancer Society, 37% of patients with colorectal cancer have a lower survival rate than those without cancer.