How much are your eating patterns impacting your heart health?

A new report from the American Heart Association has found that cardiovascular disease risk could actually be lowered by following habits like planning when to eat meals and snacks, as well as not skipping breakfast.

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The AHA reported that consistently eating breakfast can lower your chances of experiencing a heart attack, stroke, or other disease. Additionally, your risk of obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose levels, and insulin resistance can increase depending on the timing and frequency of your meals. These factors all impact heart health.

Medical Xpress reported that prior studies have linked people who eat breakfast daily with a lower likelihood of having high cholesterol and blood pressure.

"We suggest eating mindfully, by paying attention to planning both what you eat and when you eat meals and snacks, to combat emotional eating. Many people find that emotions can trigger eating episodes when they are not hungry, which often leads to eating too many calories from foods that have low nutritional value," said researcher Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, according to Medical XPress.

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Meal timing has a direct effect on the body’s internal clock, which can alter metabolism and make you more likely to gain weight.

Source: St-Onge MP, Ard J, Baskin ML, Chiuve SE, Johnson HM, Kris-Etherton P, et al. Meal Timing and Frequency: Implications for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017.

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