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Posted on 03/31/2010 6:52:50 PM PDT by Steelfish
A High-Fat Breakfast of Bacon and Eggs May Be The Healthiest Start To The Day, Report Shows
A high-fat breakfast of bacon and eggs may be the healthiest start to the day, a new university report showed.
31 Mar 2010
For the first meal eaten after a night's sleep appears to programme the metabolism for the rest of the day, the researchers found. And the age-old maxim "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper" may in fact be the best advice to follow to prevent metabolic syndrome, according to a new University of Alabama at Birmingham study.
Metabolic syndrome is characterized by abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, insulin resistance and other cardiovascular disease-risk factors. The study, published online March 30 in the International Journal of Obesity, examined the influence exerted by the type of foods and specific timing of intake on the development of metabolic syndrome characteristics in mice. The UAB research revealed that mice fed a meal higher in fat after waking had normal metabolic profiles.
In contrast, mice that ate a more carbohydrate-rich diet in the morning and consumed a high-fat meal at the end of the day saw increased weight gain, adiposity, glucose intolerance and other markers of the metabolic syndrome. "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," said the study's lead author Molly Bray, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology in the UAB School of Public Health.
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Bacon and eggs is almost all protein.
PROVIDED one is VERY active thereafter. Yes.
Breakfast is good any time.
I stand vindicated.
My paternal great grandfather ate steak and eggs nearly every morning and lived into his late 80s. He also worked his butt off on his ranch.
Yeah, well, I’ve said it for 40 years. Serious breakfast ramps you up for the day. Then easy on the dinner.
The right balance of fat and protein in the morning really cuts down on those sugar drops in mid morning that plague many people and cause them to shovel in simple carbs in between meals.
My standard breakfast when dining out— 1 egg,over easy,bacon-—crispy,wheat toast,home fries,and black coffee.
I never vary.
Too lazy to cook breakfast at home anymore.
My Grandfather ate bacon and eggs EVERY morning... had a pretty big lunch each day.. and, a glass of buttermilk and cornbread each night for supper...
And, lived to be 101.
Oh yea... he worked his butt off daily, too. :-)
“nobody has undertaken the question of whether the timing of what you eat and when you eat it influences body weight”
I don’t believe this is true. A researcher at UT Southwestern has studied this. She also discovered the benefits of red wine.
Thanks for that beautiful, delicious photograph.
It always tastes good, that’s a key.
One of my favorites was one of those places that politicians love to go to for photo ops. They still have jukiebox coinslots at every table, and bake fresh pies daily, the whole routine. The owner who recently passed away was there EVERY DAY for golly knows how long.
The only complaint I have, is that there are no standards for what “bacon” is. In one locale, it is a thin, band-aid sized flavorless piece of nothing, in others, an oversized plate can’t handle it side of swine you’ll remember! /s
Yeah, in truly fried up bacon that’s tamped with a paper towel, the fat is way way rendered out. And eggs, especially from chickens that eat a good diet is high in good fats, as well as proteins. Also, essential amino acids of the kind that are also found in... beef. (Very essential for pregnant women!!!)
And, lived to be 101.
Might have lived to 120, if he had eaten broccoli for breakfast, instead.
Proof Saturated Fats Are Healthy
Dr. Rosenfeld - Coconut Oil is good for you-Study was done on hydrogenated coconut oil
I agree with your assessment. I don’t know for sure who’s done it, but for years I’ve advocated eating a good breakfast that’s high in protein. The reason it’s called breakfast is because it’s when you break your fast. If your last meal was at 6 pm, and breakfast is at 7 am, that’s thirteen hours without food, the longest time without eating during the entire day. Your body needs nourishment, and protein burns for energy slowly over the course of the morning. The high sugar breakfasts give a quick start, but don’t provide much nourishment and are gone after about an hour.
I’ve also found that after a good breakfast I’m less likely to want to snack before lunch, and tend to eat a smaller lunch.
“Bacon and eggs is almost all protein.”
With a substantial amount of fat thrown in, too.
Not really. I know a lot of people, myself included who lose weight and don’t get hungry for hours after eating higher fat/protein/low carb diet. It also helps to lower blood sugar readings back to the normal range for many type 2 diabetics.
I had a 99% blockage of my LAD that says that’s crap, but I do love bacon.
“Love me, love my dog?”
When I visited Tokyo some years back on business, I was amused to see the Japanese business conference attendees lined up for the hotel’s idea of an “American breakfast” of scrambled eggs, bacon, coffee, etc.
It was horrible.
The Canadian who was with me and I balked out of the “American breakfast” line and went to get what they were serving in the “Japanese breakfast” line, which was some fish, rice, fermented plum paste on the rice, etc.
The Japanese can do many things very well. American breakfasts apparently aren’t one of them.
Well there are exceptions to every objective statement (if that makes sense).
WE HAVE A WINNER>>>>>>>
this has been my breakfast for years with a few exceptions. So many freak out when I cook it and tell me I am going to die young from eating this.
My maternal grandfather ate very little other than ham and eggs and bread and butter, mashed potatoes, and coffee and cigarettes and homemade pie. Occaisionally fried chicken, catfish, trout, or liver.
He dropped dead of a heart attack at age 59. They said he was dead before he hit the ground.
No one burns protein unless they run out of fats and starches.
Sorry to hear of your bad experience. I’ve eaten several times at American Style Breakfast Buffets in Japanese Hotels in Osaka and Tokyo and thankfully, they have always been KICK ASS! Omelet and pancake chefs, eggs, buttered toast, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit and pastries etc...
Yum...getting hungry just thinking about it. :-)
Yep. It's from the Sermo Primus of St. Bernard of Clairvaux :-)
Here’s the problem with that theory:
All the added years are on the wrong end.
People who keep wanting us to extend out lives into the triple digits seem to forget that:
1. Ain’t none of us going on the hunt of a lifetime at 100+.
2. If we are still spry enough to chase girls, we’re most likely not able to remember what we’re supposed to do when we catch ‘em.
3. At 120, you’re probably not in good enough shape to wave a Garand at kids making a mess on your lawn, and where’s the fun in that?
Sermo Secundus: Cave Canem.
“So many freak out when I cook it and tell me I am going to die young from eating this.
I love the story about 90-year old grandma who was cooking something with lard when her granddaughter brought a friend over to visit. The friend almost freaked and said, “don’t you know that lard will clog your arteries and kill you?”
Needless to say, the 90-year old lady was quite amused.
BTW, lard is a mostly monounsaturated fat, about 50%, whereas olive oil is about 75% monounsaturated fat.
My neighbor has diabetes and eats a high carb diet with cereal for breakfast every morning (cheerios) and potatoes at night for supper, which he does not want to give up. His sugar is going through the roof. I told him to eat eggs and cheese in the morning with butter. He is afraid his cholesterol is going to be high if he does. I told him I heard that has been debunked. (Dr. Oz. and others). As for me, if I eat high carb meals I get acid reflux at night. If I eat low carb meals it disappears asap! I have also read that eating butter with a potato buffers the carbs being processed too fast and your insulin rises more slowly.
I don’t view it as a bad experience. It forced me to discover what the Japanese eat for breakfast. I’ve had lots of Japanese bento box lunches, lots of Japanese dinner cuisine, but never breakfast. That day, I learned a whole bunch of things.
So in the end, it worked out just fine, IMO.
I did gently try to explain to the hostess that Americans don’t like rubbery, pale bacon that looked as tho it had been steamed (or something other than fried). It was then that I learned that the hotel, in fact, had no griddle or fry-top, so they were trying to do the best they could with what they had.
The looks I got trying to answer questions about grits, biscuits and gravy, tho, were priceless.
Not necessarily recommending this diet but hey, she lived to be 98.
I understand what you are saying but I also know that for a lot of people the low fat diet was very detrimental to their health.
Notice the article didn’t mention amounts? And absolutely NO hash browned potatos OR grits.
What you *eat* contributes at most a mere 15-20% of the cholesterol in your system.
Your liver will cheerfully crank more out to make up for the ‘deficit”.
[that is how statins work....but “turning off” your liver’s natural functions, to some extent]
Homocysteine levels, C-reactive protein, LDL and LP(a) levels are much more important yet most cardio docs will sniff at you if you ask to have those levels measured.
ALL cardiac problems are but a symptom of a larger, holistic problem...usually systemic inflammation.
The problem is tracking down *what* is causing that inflammation.
The “cause” can be as simple and “harmless” a thing as dental infections or gingivitis.
In one study, 80+% of heart attack/CABG patients were found to have chlamydiae pneumonia antibodies present.
One little germ that never “made them sick” set up a silent whole-body inflammation...and wrecked their hearts.
IMO, if you eat food as God created it, you’ll do well.
Look at any box or can on the shelf.
The ingredients lists are a mile long.
I think a can of kidney beans should say “Ingredients: Kidney beans. Water”....but it sure doesn’t.
There’s a *list* on that can.
Your neighbor is digging his grave with his own spoon.
I hope he wises up soon.
It was the cigarettes, mamelukesabre.
One third pound of bacon.
Three eggs, basted in the bacon grease.
Two or three pieces of toast, slathered in real butter.
One pot of coffee.
The above breakfast was standard for my grandmother, till her death at 93 (everything else failed, her heart just kept on beating.) and it is a standard for my 80-year-old brother, who has absolutely no signs of coronary disease.
I’m worried about myself, though, because I sometimes just have fresh fruit and tea.
My paternal grandfather had the same diet and died of a stroke at age 88. Well, except he only ate beef and occasional chicken. No ham or fish. But lots of bacon.
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