A recent study has provided a quantitative measure of the benefits of breakfast: Regularly skipping breakfast almost doubles your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Many people regularly skip breakfast in the mistaken belief that this helps them lose weight and reduce their cardiovascular risks in the long term. However, this is not the case.
The study by Rong and others was a prospective, nationally representative study of 6,550 adults 40 to 75 years of age. Among the 6,550 participants (mean age 53.2 years; 48.0% male), 5.1% never consumed breakfast, 10.9% rarely consumed breakfast, 25.0% consumed breakfast some days, and 59.0% consumed breakfast every day. It was adjusted for age, sex, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, dietary and lifestyle factors, body mass index, and cardiovascular risk factors. It found that participants who never consumed breakfast compared with those consuming breakfast everyday had hazard ratios of 1.87 (95% confidence interval: 1.14 to 3.04) for cardiovascular mortality and 1.19 (95% confidence interval: 0.99 to 1.42) for all-cause mortality.
In other words, regularly eating breakfast significantly improves your cardiovascular health.