Could fast-food breakfast sandwiches could be “a time bomb in a bun?” Show Notes

Monday, November 19, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Eating a fat-filled breakfast may have immediate negative effects on your arteries. That’s according to new research presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress meeting in Toronto.

In a story in Healthline, Lisa Cool Collier reports that just one day of eating a fat-laden breakfast sandwich–such as egg, cheese and ham sandwich on a bun can make "your blood vessels very unhappy.”

The study measured blood flow in 20 healthy people, and the breakfast sandwich used in the study contained ham, egg, and cheese

The test was done twice: once on a day when they’d eaten two fast-food breakfast sandwiches and again on another day when they’d fasted.

The sandwiches contained a whopping 50 grams of fat and 900 calories.

Compared to volunteers who skipped breakfast, those who consumed the fatty sandwiches showed impaired blood flow in their forearms two hours after the greasy morning meal.

That’s because their vessels were less able to dilate and deliver oxygenated blood to the heart.

While the effects from a single meal were temporary, the researchers say that over time such arterial changes could set the stage for a heart attack or stroke

By the way, a fast-food breakfast is not the worse choice. Nutritionists say the unhealthiest option is not eating a morning meal at all.

The best choice—a breakfast that includes lean protein and fiber, such as whole-grain low-sugar cereal mixed with non-fat yogurt, low-fat milk, or soy milk and topped with fresh fruit.

To read the full story, go to and enter “breakfast sandwich” in the search engine.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.

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