I love breakfast - it is in my top three favourite meals of the day. It is the one meal you feel you really deserve after fasting 10 to 12 hours, so we tend to let our guard down. Food companies know this and they have done a great job in pushing breakfasts to us that are not at all good for our health. Here is a list of the top 15 worst things you can throw into your mouth in the morning.
Cereals Filled with Sugar
Most people oversleep so breakfast is always a mad rush. There is nothing more convenient than throwing some granola in a bowl, adding a dash of milk, and wolfing it down in 3 minutes. We don't pay much attention to the back of the box. We only see the big bold letters like “multigrain goodness”, “low in cholesterol” and “stay in shape on the go” that we overlook it is packed with sugar, and by 11 am we hit a mega sugar low and we have to pound another double espresso to stay awake in the sales meeting.
Waffles and Syrup
This is obvious. People try to make themselves feel better by adding a few strawberries on the side, yet the fact remains that this is an empty-calorie breakfast that will serve you no good.
White Toast and Margarine
All the wholegrain has been removed to produce white bread, meaning it has zero vitamin B. Margarine is filled with vegetable oil and may also have trans fat added which is worse than sugar. This breakfast will send you to an early grave if you stick to it.
Many people believe this is a healthy breakfast snack, but it is nothing more than a cake masquerading as a healthy breakfast. Not only is it filled with sugar, but if it was commercially produced (as opposed to homemade), it has been painted with vegetable oil to increase its shelf life.
OJ is eviler than you think. When you remove the juice from its natural fiber, Vitamin C is useless to you. In addition, it has the same amount of sugar as Coca-Cola.
Here is another food that is supposed to be healthy. However, they generally contain large amounts of sugar, corn syrup, and sorbitol, and this is a lethal combination that will make you gain weight. They also contain soybean oil. Finally, they contain BHT, a widely banned carcinogen. A good alternative is to make your own granola with oats, nuts, and seeds.
Bacon and Sausages
Who doesn't like bacon for breakfast? Bacon is incredibly unhealthy and not only because of the fat. As a result of the curing process, bacon and sausages contain nitrates and nitrites, which transform into nitrosamines, which are highly carcinogenic when exposed to high heat. It does not matter how you cook them, the heat transforms them into cancer bombs. Unfortunately, there are no healthy alternatives.
Most fruit is good and so is yogurt - however, when you combine them the result is not great. Firstly, fruit yogurts are packed with sugar. Secondly, the beautiful colouring in the yogurt often does not come from the fruit but from fruit juice concentrates so there is more sugar again. But that is not the worst additive. The worst thing is carrageenan. It is an emulsifier that can cause inflammation. The best alternative is to buy unflavored yogurt and add natural fruit.
Sugary Coffee Drinks
We all need our cup of Joe in the mornings to kick start our day. Again we let down our guard and before we know it we are gulping down a calory bomb. I counted approximately 10 Starbucks coffees with over 500 calories. Top of the list is the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappucino with 590 calories per serving. This is a bomb of fat and sugar, and every cup is subtracting time from your life.
This may come as some surprise - after all, it is a fruit. The problem is that it is full of sugar, and the riper the banana, the higher the sugar content so you are better off eating the greener ones. Sugar is a type of carbohydrate, so eating bananas means eating a fair amount of carbs, with little good fats and practically no protein. So a simple banana for breakfast won’t sustain you for long, and you’ll be hungry in no time as they’re not a complete food when eaten on their own.