Fitness Resources

Month: August 2021

“Best If Used By” Label Confusion

For many consumers, date labels are still a head scratcher.

Recipe for Health: Hummus Chicken Wraps

Niacin has some delicious benefits.

Recipe for Health: Hummus Chicken Wraps

Hummus chicken wrap , Niacin has some delicious benefits.

Eating Breakfast May Protect Against Heart Problems – A review study suggests we should rise and dine for heart health.


Aug 6, 2020

Breakfast for health

The old adage “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” seems to have some merit. Adults who skip breakfast are 22% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 25% more likely to suffer premature mortality than those who typically eat a morning meal. That’s according to a meta-analysis, published in Clinical Nutrition, that examined seven studies (conducted through June 2019) involving a total of 221,732 participants.

Going hungry in the morning may make it harder for people to meet all their nutrient needs for good health or may set them up for less-healthy eating habits later in the day. A growling stomach can be a recipe for making poor food choices.

Of note, this study did not address the types of breakfast foods that provide the biggest longevity benefits. Certainly, rolling out of bed and spooning up a bowl of sugary cereal with a side of bacon would not bring about the same heart-health perks as more wholesome options like oatmeal, fruit and yogurt.

Skipping Breakfast Creates Nutrition Gaps

Aug 3, 2021

Skipping breakfast and nutrition gaps

If you want to stay on top of your daily nutrition, consider making your morning meal a priority. Skipping breakfast could mean missing out on key nutrients, creating a nutrition gap for the remainder of the day, according to a study published in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society.

The study was completed with Ohio State College of Medicine graduate students and supported by a regional dairy association. The research team used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which collects health information every year on nationally representative samples of 5,000 people through interviews, laboratory tests and physical exams.

This study’s sample included 30,889 adults age 19 and older who participated in the survey from 2005 to 2016. Participants identified their foods as a meal or a snack, and reported the times they ate, which researchers used to determine whether a participant ate breakfast or skipped it. In all, 15.2% of participants—4,924 adults—reported skipping breakfast.

Researchers translated this data into nutrient estimates using the federal Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies and daily dietary guidelines. They then compared those estimates with recommended nutrient intakes from the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies.

According to the key recommendations they measured, people who skipped breakfast consumed fewer vitamins and minerals than those who had eaten breakfast, with the most differences found for folate, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and D.

Further, participants who skipped breakfast had a poorer nutrient profile for the rest of the day, with higher intakes of added sugars, carbohydrates and total fat due to increased snacking.

“People who ate breakfast ate more total calories than people who didn’t eat breakfast,” noted the study’s senior author, Christopher Taylor. “But the lunch, dinner and snacks were much larger for people who skipped breakfast, and tended to be of a lower diet quality.”

While the study only reviewed a single day in each participant’s life, the analysis still showed that missing nutrients in breakfast foods—like calcium in milk, vitamin C in fruit, and fiber, vitamins and minerals in cereals—reduced nutrient intake for the rest of the day.

“What we’re seeing is that if you don’t eat the foods that are commonly consumed at breakfast, you have a tendency not to eat them the rest of the day,” explained Christopher. “So those common breakfast nutrients become a nutritional gap.”

The data suggests a morning meal may be helpful in avoiding excessive snacking, and improving overall nutrition.