Eat your bacon

By • Published: June 9th, 2010
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

It’s seven a.m. and you’re facing your first important decision of the day: What to eat for breakfast.

Your stomach is growling for scrambled eggs and sizzling, crispy bacon, but your brain, well, it’s settled on that ho-hum blueberry cereal bar. It just seems like a healthier choice. But is it really?

A new study shows that eating higher fat foods in the morning might not be so bad for you after all.

Researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham discovered that mice who were fed a higher fat meal earlier in the day were less likely to have metabolic syndrome than mice who munched carbohydrates in the morning and ate high-fat foods at night. The carbohydrate-eating mice were more likely to pack on the ounces and have more fat on their tiny frames.

The scientists say eating fattier foods in the morning may actually help the body metabolize other types of food the rest of the day.

But could a daily dose of bacon and eggs hurt your cardiovascular system? The researchers now hope to study how eating higher-fat breakfasts affect your heart.

When it comes to breakfast, there is one thing studies have shown time and again: Eating something in the morning matters. Eating breakfast can help you drop pounds and keep them off. And getting a good morning meal helps you stave off the late afternoon munchies when your hunger might lead you to junk food-filled vending machines in search of sustenance.

When it comes down to it, isn’t a fluffy omelet better than a stale honey bun anyway?