‘Breakfast foods are essential.’
‘You MUST eat heavy in the morning.’
‘Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!’
I cringe whenever I hear people say that! I mean, what if you’re not hungry? Should you force yourself to eat?!? What happened to listening to your body and eating when you need to? Okay, I should stop ranting. [Deep breath]
It’s (partly) because of black and white statements like these that we tune out with our bodies. And end up eating breakfast foods that are so unhealthy that we would have been better off not eating anything at all in the first place.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that you shouldn’t eat in the morning. But that, should you choose to do so, make sure to avoid the following breakfast foods like the plague.
1. Corn flakes
Don’t shoot the messenger but you’d get more nutrients if you ate the box in which corn flakes came in… (Disclaimer: Please don’t eat the box. Have some sweet potatoes instead!)
Strange fact: Did you know that corn flakes were created in the late 1800s by Dr John Harvey Kellogg to prevent people from masturbating? The good doctor believed that bland, toasted corn food was and could reduce the sex drive of those who ate it!
Although the concept is totally weird, that’s not the reason why corn flakes are unhealthy.
What lurks in your corn flakes?
You see, this popular breakfast food contains:
- Corn that is often genetically modified. It is true that more research is needed on GMO foods to make an informed decision on their safety. But that doesn’t mean that GMOs are safe to consume. Plus, if you are gluten-intolerant or suffer from an autoimmune condition, studies suggest that you could react to corn as well.
- Added sugar (and sometimes dextrose as well – another type of sugar). With only 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein per ounce, eating corn flakes in the morning is a surefire way to cause your blood sugar levels to skyrocket before nose diving. Put simply, this breakfast food is more likely to make you gain weight by making you hungrier faster and messing with your insulin sensitivity.
- Malt flavor which is another way of saying Processed Free Glutamic Acid (MSG).
- Various synthetic vitamins to make you believe you’re eating something healthy. Unfortunately, the body is unable to recognize most man-made vitamins and does its best to excrete them.
- BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) – food manufacturers will often tell you that they add BHT to the packaging ‘to keep the flakes fresh’. But what they fail to mention is that BHT messes with your hormones and can spell trouble for your thyroid, kidneys and liver.
2. Kids’ cereals
What do cookies have in common with cheerios, frosted flakes and lucky charms?
According to the EWG, a single serving of these cereals contains as much sugar as 3 chocolate chip cookies!
I get it. The boxes are made to look appealing to kids. The cartoon mascots on most of these boxes promise a day full of fun and delight. But that’s a deceptive picture: what these cereals really promise is a bunch of hyperactive kids who just can’t concentrate in class.
What lurks in most breakfast cereals?
- Grains – Since plants can’t run for their life when they see a predator, they produce lectins. Most predators (like us) cannot digest lectins. Eating a lot of lectins could therefore, cause digestive distress which would discourage us from eating the plants. (Isn’t this a fine plan?!)
Moreover, lectins could also damage the gut lining and cause the gut to become ‘leaky’. A leaky gut allows substances in the gut (such as undigested food particles, bacteria, toxins and so on) to move freely into the bloodstream. This can elicit an immune response and eventually lead to a full-blown immune response.
Soaking, fermenting and proper cooking can partially reduce the amount of lectins present in grains. But as you might have guessed, this process is lengthy and ‘has no place’ in the food manufacturing industry.
In other words, breakfast foods are most likely rich in lectins and can spell trouble for your immune system.
- Sugar – Besides increasing the risks of chronic diseases, high-sugar cereals could encourage overeating and lead to more behavior and attention problems during the day.
- High fructose corn syrup which has been linked to various health issues ranging from weight gain to insulin resistance to a host of autoimmune conditions.
- Lots of genetically engineered ingredients
- Artificial colors which can exert deleterious effects on the brain and affect behavior and attention. We feed the stuff to our kids and then when they ‘misbehave’, we give them dangerous meds to ‘treat their hyperactivity’…
Moreover, most breakfast cereals are produced using an extrusion process that treats the grains with very high heat and pressure. This process not only damages most nutrients in the grains but can also cause an insulin shock that can lead to a dysfunction of the pancreas, liver and kidneys and degeneration of the spinal nerves.
The following video briefly explains the extrusion process and its adverse health effects.
3. Sandwiches and toasts with margarine
This is probably a shocker. After all, aren’t sandwiches or toasts with margarine low in sugar and ‘artery-clogging’ saturated fats?
Well, in the nutrition world, nothing is black and white.
What lurks in your bread and margarine?
- Lots of carbohydrates – One slice of bread (30g) contains 15g of carbohydrates, 0.8g of dietary fiber and 2.7g of protein. What do you think will happen when you eat that slice of bread?
Your blood sugar levels will surge.
Not only are you more likely to be hungry again in no time, but frequent large increases in blood sugar levels increase the risks of various health complications such as heart disease.
- Wheat – I’m probably going to sound like a broken record but modern wheat is NOT a health food. Even if you don’t have celiac disease. Why? Because it contains gluten and tons of a herbicide known as glyphosate.
Numerous research indicate that gluten could cause a staggering number of health issues such as:
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