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Using Breakfast to Stabilize Blood SugarAnyone with a mom has probably been told that it is important to kick off the day with a healthy breakfast. In case you did not listen to her, the May 2008 Harvard Heart Letter says that eating a breakfast that includes whole grains does more than give you energy; it also reduces your risk for heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart failure.
Many small studies have shown that people who eat breakfast experience smaller rises in blood sugar and insulin after subsequent meals and snacks throughout the day. Leveling off the blood sugar and insulin roller coaster can lower our levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and triglycerides. It can also help limit appetite.
It turns out, however, that it also matters what you eat for breakfast. The Harvard Heart Letter suggests that meals that are rich in whole grains, fruits and protein can actually help prevent cardiovascular disease. They offer the following specific suggestions:
May 6, 2008
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