High-fat breakfasts make blood vessels "unhappy"

1 November 2012

People who have a high-fat breakfast can put unnecessary strain on the heart, according to a new study.

Scientists in Canada found that eating, for example a bacon sandwich with cheese on a regular basis – classed as a high-fat diet – can lead to the development of atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries).

Dr Todd Anderson, director of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and head of cardiac science at the University of Calgary, stated that even one day of eating a fat-heavy breakfast makes blood vessels "unhappy".

Atherosclerosis can eventually lead to serious health problems, including heart disease and stroke, added Dr Anderson, who is also a researcher at the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

"This study reminds us that our behaviours are the backbone of preventing heart disease," said Dr Beth Abramson, spokesperson at the foundation.

"Remember that whether you eat at home or go to a restaurant, you're still in charge of what you eat. So consider all the choices, and try to cut down on saturated and trans fats, calories and sodium. That's one of the keys to decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke."

Posted by Philip Briggs


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