Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as this is the meal that you start your day with. A great breakfast will fill you up with energy and vitamins that will ensure your body functions at its best throughout the day. But unfortunately, many of our choices for breakfast food are tiring us out instead and doing more harm than good. That’s why it’s important to know what you need to avoid to be fitter and healthier.
Healthy cereals contain double the protein and fiber they do carbohydrates. They don’t contain chemical dyes, as those can cause hypertension. So-called “whole grain and healthy” cereals are usually made of refined wheat and contain kidney-damaging preservatives. Oats are a much safer alternative, as they are much more natural and can supply you with a good amount of energy to get your day started.
Surprisingly, white bread has very little nutritional value because white bread is made from white flour, which is processed whole grain flour. Like other filler foods, white bread releases a lot of energy very quickly upon intake, which results in you feeling hungry again just a short while after eating it. So, you’ll end up craving and eating a lot more food afterward. Whole-grain loaves of bread are, in comparison, full of vitamins and fiber and gradually offer more energy throughout the day.
White bread also contains preservatives and additives that are both bad for your kidneys and make the bread taste worse.
White refined sugar
Refined sugar is addictive and can lead to diabetes, cancer, heart diseases, bad memory, wrinkles, and hypertension. However, for most of the population, it is a common staple in our diets, and though we might not be able to get rid of it completely, we should moderate how much we use in a day. Males shouldn’t go above nine tablespoons and females above six tablespoons per day.
Maple syrup and honey are both much healthier choices.
Many people rely on coffee to wake them up for the day. Unfortunately, instant coffee contains high levels of acrylamide. This chemical can cause neuropathy and cancer over time. If drunk in moderation, this should not concern you. But too many cups a day can severely damage your nerves.
Low Fat Yogurt
Because of the low-fat levels in low-fat yogurt, our bodies aren’t satiated, and we end up feeling hungry even after the yogurt. The food we eat afterward to satiate the resultant cravings defeats the purpose of the low-fat yogurt and results in a higher intake of calories than if you had just eaten the full-fat yogurt.
Often in an attempt to lose weight, people substitute full meals with protein shakes and a workout session. If the protein shake in question is of the better quality – a mix of vitamins, fiber, and amino acid sweetened with honey and yogurt – then there should not be too big of a problem with drinking it. However, most commercial protein shakes contain preservatives and rely on refined white sugar for sweetness. Your body might undertake sugar highs and crash, resulting in fatigue and hunger. You may gain weight and risk having diabetes.