You know that eating breakfast is important. But did you
realize that some a.m. choices can set the tone for how you
feel the rest of your day. Not only that, but eating a healthy
breakfast every morning can reduce the risk for diseases such
as cancer and diabetes. Here you will get the scoop on which
breakfast foods to avoid.
1. Bacon, ham and sausage
Processed meat has nitrates that are associated with colorectal
cancer. In fact, the Institute for Cancer Research published a
list of the top ten things you can do to reduce your risk of
cancer. Avoiding nitrates is a number one of them. What does
that mean for morning meat eaters? It is time to find a
different breakfast option.
2. Sugary cereals
How can you tell the difference between a bad sugary cereal
and a good one for your health? Some cereals are full of carbs
and sugar. When you eat them, your blood sugar rapidly spikes
and then bottoms out. Since you probably do not want your
energy to crash at the beginning of the day, it is best to avoid
those cereals. Instead, choose cereals with higher fiber and
protein. Do you seek for another option? Add ground flaxseed
or walnuts for more protein and fiber.
3. Packaged pancakes with artificial maple syrup
While natural maple syrup is a healthy sweetener, there are
many artificial types of syrup on the market that are full of
high fructose corn syrup. The sweetener, which is derived from
corn, is also present in most processed and packaged foods.
High fructose corn syrup can lead to more abdominal obesity
and visceral fat, which is stored between the organs. This is
the fat that leads to cancer. A recent study in one journal also
linked high fructose corn syrup consumption to diabetes.
4. Toaster pastries, doughnuts and Danishes
Not only are these pastries made with refined white flour, but
there is much sugar added. Sugar is the worst way to fuel you
in the morning, because it results in a rapid rise in blood sugar.
That means you will be hungry sooner and increase your
chances of high blood sugar, obesity and diabetes. If all those
health risks are not enough to put you off pastries, there is the
other way they can be detrimental to your health. As many
scientists believe sugar and cancer are linked.
5. Microwavable breakfast sandwiches
Healthy options exist, but many are packed with preservatives
and sodium. In this case best idea is to make your own by
microwaving a beaten egg and toast a whole grain English
6. Light Yogurts
They may have only hundred calories and come in flavors such
as red velvet cheesecake, but they are usually filled with
artificial sweeteners and chemicals. Go for low fat yogurt
They top the list of the most caloric breakfast foods. What is
the reason? They are extremely dense and what they are
packed with is generally not what you need- white flour, oil or
butter and a lot of sugar. If you have no other choice, stick to 2
ounces of serving, which is the same size of an extra large
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