If you find yourself ordering a bacon egg and cheese from your local deli on the regular, you may want to reconsider what you choose for the most important meal of the day. A recent study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress demonstrated that a high-fat diet, supplemented by greasy meat and cheese sandwiches in the morning can slow the speed at which blood is able to travel through the heart and to the body’s extremities.
Researcher Todd Anderson of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta measured the velocity time interval (VTI) of blood flow to the arms after high-fat breakfasts. A high VTI indicates better blood pressure and overall flow health because it indicates vessels’ ability to dilate quickly. The results showed that even two breakfast sandwiches for breakfast as opposed to none impacted health. The participants who ate the fatty breakfast experienced 15-20 percent lower VTI two hours after eating the high-fat, high-calorie breakfast, signaling bad effects of fat on blood pressure, and consequentially heart health.