A typical Italian breakfast with dairy products and baked goods could reduce the risk of heart disease. Such were the findings of the Moli-Sani study carried out in Italy on 18,177 individuals over the age of 35 almost equally males and females.
The research, published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease Journal, assigned a score to each of the typical foods in the Italian breakfast, like coffee, tea, yogurt, types of bread, cereals, brioches, biscuits, honey, sugar, and fruit preserves.
The subjects who regularly consumed items from the list above were found to be in a better state of general health, as well as have a lower risk of obesity, hypertension, hyperglycemia and high cholesterol compared to the other groups. This confirms that breakfast, in strictly Italian terms, is indeed the most important meal of the day.