Good Breakfast, Good Health

Beacon of LIFE, in Oceanport, NJ, is a government-approved PACE program created to provide seniors, their family, caregivers and professional health care providers the flexibility to met their health care needs while continuing to live in their community.

Beacon of LIFE maintains an interdisciplinary team of professionals who give each client the coordinated care they need. Our care and services allow people who would otherwise need to live in a nursing home to live where they want — in their own communities, in their own homes.

We provide a variety of services, including primary care, hospital care, medical specialty services, prescription drugs, nursing home care, emergency services, home care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, adult day care, recreational therapy, meals, dentistry, nutritional counseling, social services, laboratory / X-ray services, social work counseling, and transportation.

One important component of PACE programs, however, is even more impactful: We not only provide nutritional counseling, we also provide meals for our clients.

We’ve heard all our lives that, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” And now a new study shows just how important it is, particularly for our hearts.

Dr. Sotirios Tsalamandris, a cardiologist at the First Cardiology Clinic at the National and Kapodistrian University in Athens, Greece, recently led a study to determine the effects of a hearty breakfast on heart health. Dr. Tsalamandris and his colleagues analyzed 2000 people between the ages of 40 and 99. The participants included people without any indication of heart disease, people at risk for heart disease, and people who already had heart disease.

Participants were divided into three groups:

  1. The first group consisted of those who consumed a high-energy breakfast, defined as constituting at least 20% of their daily calorie intake for the day. This group tended to include milk, cheese, cereals, bread, and honey at breakfast.
  2. The second group consisted of those who had a low-energy breakfast, which involved consuming between 5-20% of their daily calories at breakfast. This group usually consumed coffeeor low-fat milk, with buttered bread, honey, olives, or fruit.
  3. The third group consisted of those who ate no breakfast at all.

The researchers noted that the participants in the first group were more likely to have healthy arteries than those in the other two groups. In the words of Dr. Tsalamandris, “Eating a breakfast constituting more than 20% of the total daily caloric intake may be of equal or even greater importance than a person’s specific dietary pattern, such as whether they follow the Mediterranean diet, a low-fat diet, or other dietary patterns.”

The takeaway message for us is clear. You can go paleo or Keto, depending on your preference. Just make sure that your diet includes a good breakfast, and your heart will thank you!

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