So what is a healthy breakfast? If you read the article in Time Magazine referenced above, the answer isn’t bacon and eggs. According to the first sentence, “Cholesterol is proved deadly, and our diet may never be the same.” But that was written in 1984. What does the best science tell us today? We now know that eating food rich in cholesterol doesn’t have a meaningful impact on our blood cholesterol levels (pubmed)
It seems like every week we learn that a food we once considered healthy is now taboo. Does that mean the prior science was flawed? Potentially, but more likely it is simply part of the ongoing experience of refining and revising what we know.
In the words of Carl Sagan:
“Science invites us to let the facts in, even when they don’t conform to our preconceptions. It counsels us to carry alternative hypotheses in our heads and see which best fit the facts. It urges on us a delicate balance between no-holds-barred openness to new ideas, however heretical, and the most rigorous skeptical scrutiny of everything — new ideas and established wisdom.”
In a move that I thought showed a ton of personal responsibility, last year, Dr. Andrew Weil reversed his stance on saturated fats. He no longer views saturated fats as the likely cause of heart disease:
“My thinking on saturated fat has evolved. [based on a reevaluation of existing studies] It now appears that many studies used to support the low-fat recommendation had serious flaws.”
And last week, heart surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell offers up this gem. “What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods.”
For me, I am happy to see the conventional wisdom on cholesterol and saturated fats challenged. I typically eat bacon and eggs 3 times per week, Greek yogurt with berries and nuts 3 times per week, and left overs maybe once per week. And almost always, two cups of coffee with heavy cream. But that’s what works for me.
What about you. In your opinion, what is a healthy breakfast?