Is your breakfast cereal keeping you fat?

It’s supposedly the most important meal of the day,

according to old wives tales
and sure, when you wake up you’re probably going to

want to eat something
Unless you’re an intermittant faster, because then you’re

probably not going to want to and hey, i’m ok with that.
But is what you’re eating for breakfast and what you’re shovelling

down your kiddies throats before packing them off to school making

you and them fatter?

There *could* be something to that.
You see breakfast cereals are much like the Monarchy.
They’ve been engrained into society and engrained into our habits,

we don’t ask why they are there but accept their importance
I mean what do you eat at breakfast, the clues in the freaking name
Breakfast Cereals.
But when you take a cold hard look at the data of some of your most

popular flakes of corn or puffs of rice, you might find the information

i share with you a little less Lucky for your Charms
Let’s take a look;

100g – 378calories and a whopping 84g of carbohydrates and only

3g of fibre

Rice Krispies / Coco Pops
100g – 383 calories, 87g of carbohydrates and only 1g of fibre

Special K (The elixir to womens weight loss apparently)
100g – 379 calories, 76g of carbohydrates and 2.5g of fibre

100g – 381 calories, 75g of carbohydrates and 7g of fibre

100g – 484 calories, 53g of carbohydrates, 25g of fat and 7g of


Porridge Oats
100g – 356 calories, 60g of carbohydrates, 11g of protein and 9g of


Now looking at that are you a little surprised? and it’s easier to eat

more than a hundred grams of coco pops than it is bland porridge oats,


Approximately 1/4 to a 1/3 of your total calories (depending on your height,

weight and body fat) is in your breakfast cereals and the truth is even

then the waters get a little darker and murkier
Because refined carbohydrates such as Cornflakes, Rice Krispies, Cheerios and

Special K have more grams of sugar per gram of carbohydrate you eat and are

more than likely going to sky rocket your blood sugar levels only for them

to drop pretty rapidly
Which leaves you hungry again in an hour or so, especially as the fibre content

and digestive transit of these foods are much lower and much faster meaning that your

mid morning energy slump and cravings for a double chocolate

muffin with your milky latté become even more irresitable

food cravings
and come the end of the day, you’ve overdone your calories and are getting fatter as

you ride the blood sugar roller coaster.
Looking at the numbers, it’s probably better to recommend more fibre containing foods

like porridge and granola if you’re eating typical breakfast foods, but i bet you didn’t know

that your morning granola was nearly 500 calories!
Yup, those pesky calories strike again.
You don’t *have* to eat breakfast cereals just because it’s breakfast, but if you are doing so,

be aware that despite the ads most breakfast cereals don’t keep hunger locked up till lunch and

are in fact probably making you want to eat more depending on your choices.

Yours in Health,

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