A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Calgary and Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta looked at how much damage high-fat foods could have on the arteries in a short amount of time - and they discovered a great deal can be done after simply eating a breakfast sandwich.
The researchers studied a group of healthy, non-smoking students and asked them to eat two commercially available breakfast sandwiches that equaled 900 calories and 50 grams of fat one day and didn't have them eat any breakfast the other. Each time, they checked their velocity time integral (VTI), which measures blood flow. After eating the sandwiches, the students' blood flow decreased by 15 to 20 percent.
The findings illustrate the importance of eating a healthy diet, as high-fat foods can greatly increase the likelihood of a person suffering from heart disease among other conditions. This is especially true for aging adults.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women. Those who have the disease may need home health care in order to live independently for longer.