High-Fat Breakfast Offers Health Benefits

A high-fat breakfast could help stave off metabolic syndrome, according to a new study, which found eating like a king early in the day was better than indulging at dinner-time.

Choosing to eat a high-fat breakfast over a high-fat dinner may help fight metabolic syndrome, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) found that mice that ate a high-fat meal for breakfast were less likely to gain weight or have obesity-related health problems than those that had a carb-heavy meal after waking and a high-fat meal for dinner.

The study is the first to examine whether time of day matters in terms of a meal’s health benefits. In a press statement, Dr. Molly Bray, professor of epidemiology in the UAB School of Public Health, noted, “Studies have looked at the type and quantity of food intake, but nobody has undertaken the question of whether the timing of what you eat and when you eat it influences body weight, even though we know sleep and altered circadian rhythms influence body weight.”

But before you chow down on a buffet of bacon and sausage in the morning, researchers warn that the results of the study aren’t conclusive just yet.

In general, studies in animals are considered preliminary, because their findings do not always translate to people, but the researchers said the work could be important because people rarely eat a uniform diet throughout the day.

“Humans eat a mixed diet, and our study, which we have repeated four times in animals, seems to show that if you really want to be able to efficiently respond to mixed meals across a day, then a meal in higher fat content in the morning is a good thing,” Dr. Bray said.

Study results appeared recently in the International Journal of Obesity. Researchers plan to continue their investigations to determine whether the time of day that different foods are consumed can affect heart function.

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