The 11 Worst Foods You Can Eat For Breakfast

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.

Coffee Beverages

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

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.

Artificial Syrups

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. 

Fruit Juice

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.

White Bread and Bagels

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, eating foods high in refined grains and few nutrients will increase your risk for diabetes and weight gain. Instead, go for whole wheat bagels that are not stripped of all the nutrients.

Fruit Yogurt

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.

Pastries and Donuts

Starting your day with a small item that is high in calories and fat will not fill you up, but instead make you want more foods high in sugar. There are recent studies which investigate the effect that eating high sugar foods have on mood.

Breakfast Bars

Although bars are perfect when you're on the go, many bars contain added sugar and fat. Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, has research that shows some brands of breakfast bars are no healthier than a chocolate candy bar.


Unless they're homemade and full of whole-grain flour and honey instead of sugar, the likelihood that muffins are good for you is very slim. Edward F. Group, chief executive officer for The Global Healing Center, found that enriched flour, present in many baked goods, is converted directly to sugar.

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.