The 11 Worst Foods You Can Eat For Breakfast
July 27, 2015
Skipping breakfast isn't necesssarily the worst way to start your morning
Cereal with added sugar tends to be high in carbohydrates and low in fiber, leading to a quick rise and then drop in blood sugar levels. A statement released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in 2014 said that children who consume one bowl of sugared cereal a day will consume 10 pounds of sugar in a year.
Unless you are drinking it black, most likely you are consuming additives found in the milk, sugar, or syrup. Mitzi Dulan, nutritionist and author of The Pinterest Diet, argues that although the caﬀeine content in coffee may give you a boost of energy at first, the drink lacks fiber and protein to keep you nourished and energized throughout the day.
Bacon and Sausage
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Although meat is high in protein, processed meat is an unhealthy option due to high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol. A study found that those who ate the most processed meat increased their risk of dying early by 44 percent. Swiss researchers reported that decreased meat consumption would drop the number of premature deaths by nearly three percent.
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Unlike the maple syrup that can be a healthy sweetener, artificial syrups contain high fructose corn syrup. According to Mary Hyman, founder and medical director of The Ultra Wellness Center, consuming high fructose corn syrup causes large spikes in insulin, which serves as the "body fat storage" hormone.
It’s not a myth that you receive nutrients from your morning orange juice but many store brands contain added sugar. "Fruit juice isn't the same as intact fruit and it has as much sugar as many classical sugar drinks,” said Susan Jebb, a government advisor and head of the diet and obesity research group at Cambridge University. In other words, you might as well grab a soda.
Unless you combine plain yogurt with fresh fruit, you could be going astray; flavored store brands can contain anything from high fructose corn syrup to artificial ingredients. In 2012, a study found a series of additives in yogurt that are not good for people to consume. Be sure to check ingredients before purchasing.
Smoothies with Artificial Fruit
If you know exactly what you’re putting in your blender, breakfast smoothies can be the best way to start your day. However, store-bought smoothies can contain ice cream instead of yogurt or milk and sugar instead of fruit. Stick with making your own smoothies using real fruit and maybe even adding greens for a boost.