The best breakfast fuels your body for your activities as your stress levels rise. It also boosts your metabolism, keeps your weight down, and fights diseases. Not all breakfast staples are healthy to eat in the morning, though, since they do the opposite. They up your blood sugar, sure. But you’ll experience mid-morning crashes where you’ll feel drained and tired, your metabolism will be ruined, and you'll gain some weight. Here are some of those foods you shouldn’t have for breakfast.
Leftover cake, a muffin, and some freshly baked donuts sound good and you might think that you’ll get loads of energy from them, but that energy isn’t sustainable at all. It may have 250 to 550 calories, which is enough to keep you going; but it has 20 to 50 grams of sugar, which is the problem. It’s a big amount of sugar for something you eat fast. Your body would then release a lot of insulin, a hormone that lets your body use the carbs you get from food, and this starts the fast uptake of the sugar. This leads to the quick fall of your blood sugar, which results to your feeling exhausted, lethargic, or hungry again.
As for muffins, they’re only healthy when they’re full of whole-grain flour and made with honey instead of sugar.
2. Sugary cereal
Cereal without the added sugar tastes like cardboard, so a lot of us grab the better-tasting one with added sugar. But these sweet cereals are high in carbohydrates that also lead to a quick rise and drop in blood sugar levels. The insulin that lets the sugar be absorbed by your muscles and tissues also causes fat to be stored in your body. You know which cereal to pick if you want to be really, really healthy!
3. Store-bought granola
A lot of store-bought granola bars are high in sugar and fat. They’re sweetened so that they taste really good, and all the sugar will lead you to a crash too. If you want to eat granola, look for ones low in sugar or make your own at home!
4. Store-bought yogurt
Yogurt you find in the supermarket is bound to be loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. (By now you must know what all that sugar will do to you.) Have the plain one instead and add sliced fruits yourself.
5. Pancake with loads of syrup
The sugar in syrup will drain you after you have your meal, so go easy on it. Maple syrup, a natural sweetener which can boost your immune system and has antioxidants, is a better alternative.
Pancake on its own is okay if you have it only occasionally. It’s a good source of calcium, but high in fat and sodium.
6. White bread
White bread has already been refined, which means its nutrients were already stripped from it in the refining process. It’s then a simple carb, which means it’s easily digested, giving way to a crash.
The bread that’s good for you is whole-wheat. It still has your vitamins, minerals, and nutrients like fiber. A complex carb, it will make you fuller longer and sustain your energy.
7. Processed meat like bacon and sausage
Eating large amounts of processed meat increases your risk of developing heart disease or cancer. This is most especially the case if you have an unhealthy lifestyle: you smoke, eat a bunch of other junk food, and don’t exercise enough or at all. What makes processed meat bad isn’t the fat, salt, and sugar—almost every food item has those—but the additives that preserve the meat.
It can’t be helped to have processed meat for breakfast since they’re easy to prepare and pretty delicious. Just make sure you don’t have a lot of it in a day (no more than 20 grams) and don’t eat it every day. Go have that tocilog or longsilog!
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