Are Your Breakfast Cereals Really Healthy

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Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals are marketed as easy, yet wholesome food items which make for a convenient and balanced breakfast. But, the reality is a far cry from what is marketed. Here’s why:

Most breakfast cereals claim to be super-healthy as they have plenty of added vitamins and minerals. However, all the synthetic additives are of no use as the body can’t process most of it anyway. Breakfast cereals typically also have a lot of added sugar to make them taste good. Even the seemingly plain breakfast cereals have a significant amount of sugar added to them during the manufacturing process. Very few cereals are made with whole-wheat grains. Most cereals are made of refined grains which significantly lowers their nutrition value as well as fiber content.

Even cereals which claim to be low fat and whole-grain are not as good as they seem. The whole grain part is minimal which means you are not getting your daily-recommended dosage. And, low fat foods are typically high in sugar as sugar is compensated in place of fat in order to keep the cereal tasting good.

Regular consumption of high sugar and refined carb cereals can lead to severe health issues. Eating sugary foods from an early age increases the risk of metabolic disorders such as Type 2 diabetes mellitus, heart diseases and even cancer.

However, breakfast cereals are very convenient and it can be difficult to cut it out of your diet completely.

So, here’s what to look for in your breakfast cereal -

  • Buy a breakfast cereal that has less than 5 grams of sugar per serving. Check food labels to find out how much sugar your cereal has.
  • Check for at least 3 grams of fiber per serving of your cereal.
  • Pay attention to your portion size as it is of utmost importance. It is easy to overeat cereals and using the serving size on the packaging will help you to stick to your recommended portions.

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