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Breakfast Cereal: Healthy or Unhealthy?

We all know that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”… This is the first diet myth. Despite what we’ve been told for years, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day for weight loss or to prevent the onset of hunger. (Unless you are a shareholder in Kellogs or Nestle that is!)

But if you really do need breakfast, don’t reach for the cereal!

Breakfast cereals are made from refines grains and many are laced with poisonous seed oils . Highly processed, with many ingredients added, including sugar!

Much of the excess sugar in our diet comes from processed foods — and breakfast cereals are among the most popular processed foods that are highest in added sugars. In fact, most cereals list sugar as the second or third ingredient.

Starting your day with a high-sugar cereal will cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to spike. Which will lead to a blood sugar crash a couple of hours later which causing you to crave another high-carb snack, leading to a vicious cycle of hunger and overeating.

Myths about our health
Many breakfasts are marketed as healthy with boxes featuring health claims like “low- fat” and “whole-grain”. Yet, almost all of them have refined grains as sugar as their prime ingredient.

Including a small amount of whole grain doesn’t make up for the processed sugar and carbs in these cereals!

However, studies show that these health claims are an effective way to mislead people into believing that these products are healthier. In fact even the famous documentary maker, Louis Therroux, has swallowed this hook line and sinker as we mention in this blog https://www.prolongevity.co.uk/blog/children-diabetes?rq=louis

Often marketed to children
Almost all food manufacturers target their products at children through bright colours, cartoon characters, and action figures to catch children’s attention. Unsurprisingly, this causes children to associate breakfast cereals with entertainment and fun.

This also affects taste preferences. Studies show that some children prefer the taste of foods that have popular cartoon characters on the packaging!

While the colours and cartoons make the products more appealing to children, the health claims make the parents feel better about buying such products for their kids. We and our kids are being made sick and dying all for corporate profits