All those Egg McMuffins I used to grab and eat on the run are haunting me right now. According to an article on Netscape’s site, The Worst Breakfast You Can Eat:
Eat two McMuffins and two hash browns for breakfast and your arteries will remain inflamed until lunchtime, HealthDayNews reports of a new study from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Why worry about inflammation of the arteries? This is a direct pathway to atherosclerosis and heart disease.
The specific breakfast cited by the SUNY Buffalo researchers is a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin, a Sausage McMuffin, and two orders of hash browns. Total calories: 930. (It was supersized to reflect the typical amount of calories in a fast food meal.) Eat this and within an hour, it will trigger inflammation, says study co-author Dr. Paresh Dandona. What’s more that inflammation continues for three or four hours longer.
Most of us are well aware that high-fat, high-carbohydrate meals raise our cholesterol levels and send our blood sugar rates soaring. That puts us at greater risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But now nutritionists are aware there is a third danger: inflammation of the blood vessels. The fats and carbohydrate sugars appear to release “free radical” molecules within the blood cells, which in turn trigger the inflammation, reports HealthDayNews.
Researchers are working on the effects of lower-calorie versions of these junk food junkies’ dream breakfasts. More information is here in the SUNY Buffalo news release, including this:
“People who experience repeated short-lived bouts of inflammation resulting from many such unhealthy meals can end up with blood vessels in a chronic state of inflammation, a primary factor in the development of atherosclerosis,” [Ahmad Aljada, Ph.D., first author on the study] said.“However, we’ve also shown in a study accepted, but not yet published, that a breakfast containing the same number of calories but derived mostly from fruit and fiber doesn’t promote the inflammatory effect.”
My fave Kashi granola bars are just looking and tasting better all the time!
HT to Introverted and Intuitive for the story.