Sweetened Breakfast Cereals
Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day and it is imperative that you make eating breakfast a regular habit. The benefits are numerous, ranging from lower rates of diabetes to increased satiety and weight loss.
Consuming breakfast first thing in the morning greatly decreases hunger and cravings throughout the day. In which case, you are less likely to be hungry, and thus, less likely to eat too much. Researchers found that people who regularly ate breakfast decreased their risk of diabetes by almost 30%. A possible explanation for this is that skipping breakfast can cause insulin resistance.
However, what we eat for breakfast needs a closer look, to ensure we are providing our body with the correct nutrients and balance of diet. Processed, refined, high sugary cereals are rich in calories, and sugar. When choosing a cereal, it’s important to choose a cereal that is low in sugar and high in fibre. Just ticking the “I have had breakfast” box in any shape or form can become a bad habit that your body struggles to manage over a long period of time.
Therefore, try whole grain cereals that are made with healthy ingredients such as nuts which are healthy, but can also be rich in calories and fat for a small portion. The good news is that if you choose wisely and watch your portions, you can enjoy cereal. In fact, many cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals, which can help you meet your nutritional needs.