For those who always skip breakfast, you should stop that habit now! You have heard many times that "Breakfast is the most important meal of day." Now, recent research confirms that one of the worst practices you can develop may be avoiding breakfast.
Because the frequency of heart attack, sudden death, and stroke peaks between 6:00am and noon, with the highest incidence being between 8:00am and 10:00am. What mechanism within the body could account for this significant jump in sudden death in early morning hours?
Platelet, tiny elements in the blood that keep us from bleeding to death if we get cut, can clump together inside our arteries due to cholesterol or laque build up in the artery lining. It is in the morning hours that platelets become the most activated and tend to form these internal blood clots at the greatest frequency.
However, eating even a very light breakfast prevents the morning platelet activation that is associated with heart attacks and strokes. Studies performed at Memorial University in St. Johns, Newfoundland found that eating a light, very low-fat breakfast was critical in modifying the morning platelet activation. Subjects in the study consumed either low-fat or fat-free yogurt, orange juice, fruit, and a source of protein coming from yogurt or fat-free milk. So if you skip breakfast, it's important that you change this practice immediately in light of this research. Develop a simple plan to eat cereal, such as oatmeal, along with six ounces of grape juice or orange juice, and perhaps a piece of fruit. This simple plan will keep your platelets from sticking together, keep blood clots from forming, and perhapts head off a potential Heart attack of stroke. So never ever skip breakfast!