You can put bacon, eggs, and sausage back into your diet, according to
a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity... as
long as you eat them for breakfast. No, really; this is not an April
English breakfast: Photo: PA via Telegrah.co.uk
The research was conducted by the Departments of Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham and the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Over a 12 week period, groups of mice were fed high fat or high carbohydrate meals at different times of the day. Because breakfast generally sets the metabolism for the rest of the day, scientists also focused on how breakfast helped the mice metabolize carbs and fats during the day.
Results indicated that the mice who ate a big fatty breakfast, followed by a smaller lunch and even smaller evening meal, were more likely to lose weight and were at less risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. The fatty breakfasts helped the mice metabolize both fats and carbs during the day.
Eating fatty foods later in the day, however, led to weight gain, glucose intolerance, and conditions that typically lead to heart disease.
Mice who were given high carb breakfasts, such as cereal, were only able to metabolize carbs during the day. They gained weight and had trouble metabolizing sugar, raising their risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Should you change your diet to conform to the mice diet of high fat large breakfasts, small lunches, and light dinners? I would say discuss it with your doctor first and, if possible, do some simple before and after tests checking your weight, glucose, blood pressure, and other measurements your doctor recommends. And naturally, you should see if this diet makes any difference in your energy levels during your waking hours.
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International Journal of Obesity, Daily Mail